Safety Considerations

To ensure your safe enjoyment of the refuge during your visit, please observe the following :


Except at the Visitor Center, there are no facilities on the refuge. If you plan a hiking or biking adventure be sure you take with you adequate hydration, insect repellent, and sun protection.


Carry a working mobile phone if available.


If hiking, stay on the mowed dikes and marked trails.


Remember that the wildlife in the refuge is wild. Do not approach or try to touch or handle any wildlife. Alligators and venomous snakes do not want to be harassed!


Be careful not to step in ant hills. The refuge has been colonized by the imported red fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) which will readily deliver very painful stings when disturbed.


Be mindful of other drivers when on the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive. It is easy to be distracted by the beauty of the refuge and its denizens and fail to see other vehicles ahead or trying to pass.


Watch for pedestrians and bikes on the drive. The speed limit on the drive is 20 MPH.


Be cautious when pulling off to the side of the drive. Some shoulders are narrow and steep.


No matter how hot the day, do not enter the water along the drive.


If you have an emergency on the drive dial 911. Non-emergency problems should be directed to the Complex office at 843-784-9911 during business hours Mon-Sat. 9AM-4PM.


WARNING: Please do not use Uber, Lyft, or any other ride share service as transportation to the refuge. The wildlife viewing areas of the refuge are over 3 miles from the Visitor Center via public highways, and there is no transportation available to take visitors from one area to another. Also, cell service is very inconsistent out here, so you may have trouble making a call to get a return ride.