Suggested Hiking/Biking Trips:
All trips begin and end at the parking area half a mile from the refuge entrance; distances are round-trip, and estimated times are based on a leisurely walking pace, allowing for periodic stops to observe wildlife.
– Ibis Pond: 1.2 miles; 1 hour, 30 minutes.
– Shell Point: 4.6 miles; 4 hours, 15 minutes.
– Starr Pond: 2.0 miles; 2 hours, 30 minutes.
– Osprey Pond: 3.0 miles; 3 hours.
– Nini Chapin and Barker Ponds: 3.6 miles; 3 hours, 30 minutes.
– Bull Point: 5.0 miles; 5 hours.
– Dick Point: 7.4 miles; 6 hours, 30 minutes.
– Clubhouse Pond: 6.2 miles; 5 hours, 30 minutes.
– White Point: 7.8 miles; 7 hours.
Freshwater fishing is prohibited; saltwater fishing and shellfishing are permitted in waters adjacent to the refuge.
Feeding, capturing, or hunting wildlife is strictly prohibited unless authorized by permit.
All of the refuge’s archeological and natural resources are protected. Antique and artifact hunting are not allowed. Do not pick or cut vegetation.
Dogs, cats and other pets are not permitted on the refuge.
Some areas may be closed seasonally to protect wildlife from human disturbance. Such areas are posted “Area Beyond this Sign Closed.”
Drinking water and restrooms are not available on the island.
There are no shelters for visitor protection from the sun or inclement weather.
The graveled road from the parking area to Clubhouse Pond is well maintained, but in the summer, overgrowth on the grass trails may conceal snakes, poison ivy, or stinging insects. An occasional alligator may be encountered near any pond or on the adjacent trails. Do not molest this reptile in any way. Hikers are urged to stay on the paths at all times. No off-road or off-trail biking is permitted.
Bicyclists should be cautious of loose gravel, potholes, and puddles.
The blue goose is the symbol of the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Questions regarding specific refuge activities, such as hunting, should be directed to:
Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex
694 Beech Hill Lane
Hardeeville, SC 29927