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Blackbeard Island Wilderness

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Recreational Opportunities

Blackbeard Island NWR offers a variety of recreational opportunities year-round. Wildlife observation, especially birdwatching, is excellent throughout the year. In winter months, waterfowl use the marshland and freshwater pools, while songbirds abound in the wooded areas in spring and fall. The existing trails and roads provide hikers with scenic paths ideal for nature study. Saltwater creeks which pass through refuge marshlands are open to fishing the entire year. Presently, two archery hunts for deer and hogs are scheduled on the island in fall.

Climate and Special Equipment Needs

In summer months, the heat and humidity are oppressive and bugs are more numerous than any location in the world (it seems!). Please plan accordingly by bringing plenty of water and bug spray. Overgrown grass trails and savannas may conceal snakes, poison ivy, and stinging insects. An occassional alligator may be encountered. Do not molest this reptile in any way.

Safety and Current Conditions

Boaters must use caution when navigating to Blackbeard Island from the mainland, and should ideally be experienced with the area.

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