Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge


Area name

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Area Location

Starting from Highway 1/Highway 145 head north on US 1 towards Patrick. Approximately 1.2 miles later turn left onto the entrance road.

Area Map


Hours of Operation: all year long, the refuge is open one hour before sunrise and after sunset.



An excellent starting trail is Woodland Pond Trail. Take the road from the visitor center for .7 miles, turn left onto Wildlife Drive, drive another .7 miles, and look for a parking area for the trail on the left.

Travel further down Wildlife Drive to  a road that leads to one of the best site to bird on the Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge, Martin Lake.

Lake Bee Recreation Area is an area further down on Wildlife Drive, approximately 1 mile on your left where the picnic area is an easy site for birding. April through October are the best months to bird, especially for viewing Red-cockaded Woodpeckers. This refuge is noted as being probably the best place in the Southeast to view these birds.

Key Birds


Wood Duck, Red-shouldered Hawk, Northern Bobwhite, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Red-headed Woodpecker, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Field Sparrow, Eastern Meadowlark.


Common Nighthawk, Chuck-will’s-widow, Whip-poor-will, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Prairie Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Bachman’s Sparrow, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting.


American Black Duck, Ringnecked Duck, Ruddy Duck, Hooded Merganser, Bald Eagle.