Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge

Welcome to the Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge!

About Harris Neck NWR

The refuge's 2,824 acres encompass six man-made freshwater ponds, extensive salt marsh, open fields, forested wetlands, and mixed hardwood/pine forest. This diversity of habitat makes the refuge an important resource for migratory birds, which is why it was initially established in 1962.

Harris Neck NWR has a unique and complex history. Learn more by exploring the resources below.

Refuge Q&A
Click on the map to expand it, or pick up a brochure from outside the Visitor Center or entrance kiosk.


Visitors can enjoy the following wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities:

  1. hiking
  2. bicycling
  3. wildlife observation
  4. photography
  5. fishing
  6. hunting

That's not all! Use the resources below to prepare for your visit, enhance your experience, or explore virtually.

Wildlife and Plant ID

Earn badges

You can even earn virtual badges, which can be collected for all 7 Refuges in the Complex and exchanged for a prize! Click the badge icon on the bottom of your screen to learn more.


Trivia badge!
Explorers Badge

Enhance your Experience

Harris Neck NWR is full of important, complex history. Explore the self-guided tour to see the land through the eyes of others.

Watch out for armadillos crossing the road! They have poor sight and hearing, and rely mostly on smell to survive!