Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge

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Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge

South Carolina

(843) 928-3264

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Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1932 to provide wintering habitat for migratory birds. Cape Romain's 64,000 acres encompass a 20-mile segment of the Atlantic coast and include barrier islands, salt marshes, coastal waterways, fresh and brackish water impoundments, and maritime forest. Of the land areas, 28,000 acres are preserved within the National Wilderness Preservation System.

Map of Cape Romain NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 32.838983, -79.714650



  • Boating

    Access to other refuge islands requires "beaching" of private boats.

  • Fishing

    Fish the saltwater bays and creeks found within the refuge and surf-fish off of the beaches. Catch spottail bass, spotted seatrout, flounder, sheepshead and black drum year-round. Go shrimping and crabbing and harvest oysters and clams when in season, which is typically September through May. You may also fish and crab on the Garris Landing pier. All activities are allowed in accordance with State regulations.

  • Hiking

    There are two hiking trails located on Bulls Island. The forested one-mile Middens Trail takes one past the remains of Native American shell mounds. The two-mile Turkey Walk Trail, designated a National Recreation Trail, meanders through forest, along salt marsh, and over dikes separating freshwater impoundments. A wildlife viewing platform is located at one of the impoundments. There are also 16 miles of roads open for hiking and biking. Bicycles are not allowed on the hiking trails or beach.

  • Hunting

    The harvest of surplus animals is a tool used to manage wildlife populations. Managed hunts maintain wildlife populations at a level compatible with the environment and provide recreational opportunities. Two annual 6 day archery hunts for white-tailed deer are offered at Bulls Island, with each scheduled hunt beginning the second Monday of November and December. Refuge rail hunts are the same as the State season.


Call the refuge office during business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office is closed on federal holidays.



The Refuge headquarters and Sewee Center are located about 20 miles north of Charleston, South Carolina on U.S. Highway 17. Garris Landing is about 17 miles north of Charleston just off U.S. Highway 17: From U.S. 17, turn right onto Sewee Rd. Follow Sewee Rd. for 3 miles and turn right onto Bull Island Rd. for 1.5 miles.

Phone Numbers


(843) 928-3264