9. Currituck National Wildlife Refuge

Currituck National Wildlife Refuge is located on the northern portion of Currituck Sound on an Outer Banks barrier island. The refuge transitions from the Atlantic Ocean to the Currituck Sound and includes sandy beaches, grassy dunes, maritime forests, shrub thickets, and freshwater and brackish marshes. Concentrations of wading birds, shorebirds, waterfowl and raptors can be found on the refuge. A variety of mammals, amphibians and reptiles can also be found. The refuge protects and improves some of the last remaining habitat of the threatened piping plover and the endangered loggerhead sea turtle, which occasionally nest on the refuge. Hiking is permitted throughout the refuge, with the exception of a few closed areas. Please observe all “Area Closed” signs. Recreational fishing is available by boat in Currituck Sound and from shore in the ocean. A North Carolina fishing license is required. The refuge is located three quarters of a mile north of Corolla, North Carolina. North Carolina route 12 ends in Corolla, and as a result, the refuge can only be accessed by four-wheel-drive vehicles. The refuge is unstaffed and managed as a satellite of Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge.