‘Open Roads’ at Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge
Published 10:10 pm Thursday, August 29, 2019
At Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge, “Open Roads” days will be held daily from sunrise to sunset Aug. 30 – Sept. 2.
The public will be able to drive some of the roads normally closed to vehicular traffic around the refuge impoundments at the end of Mackay Island Road. Traffic must proceed around the impoundments in a counter-clockwise direction as indicated by signs.
Access to the refuge headquarters and visitor center will remain closed during this Open Roads event. Due to the wet conditions seen recently in the area, use caution when parking on the road shoulders, as some historic pull-off areas are extremely soft.
Other activities may include hiking, bicycling, fishing and wildlife observation and photography.
The refuge speed limit is 15 mph. The Open Roads area is located 6.2 miles south of the North Carolina state line on Hwy. 615 in Knotts Island and is marked by a large brown refuge sign.
Knotts Island may be reached by traveling south on Princess Anne Road from Virginia Beach, Va. or by taking the free ferry from Currituck.