Spanning 20.5 linear miles along Florida’s central Atlantic coast, the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) represents the nation’s most significant land conservation and acquisition initiative to protect sea turtle nesting beaches. The Refuge is unique for its placement within a patchwork of protected lands and among properties that had already been developed. The Refuge is home to the most productive nesting site in this hemisphere for Loggerhead sea turtles. It is the most significant nesting site for Green sea turtles in the continental United Sates. In addition, it is an increasingly important area for nesting Leatherback sea turtles. The Refuge was named for the late Dr. Archie F. Carr, Jr. to honor his lifetime commitment to conservation and research. With his writings and research, he drew national and international attention to the plight of the sea turtle and risk of extinction if actions were not taken to protect nesting beaches and other dangers at sea. (http://www.fws.gov/archiecarr)
Visitor Center: The Barrier Island Center, open every day except Monday, serves as the main visitor center for the Refuge. Owned and operated by Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program it features exhibits, environmental education programs, and tours of habitats of the barrier island ecosystem.
Located on Highway A1A in south Brevard County, three miles north of Sebastian Inlet Public Access: All public and beach accesses within the Refuge are managed by Brevard and Indian River counties and the State of Florida.
Sebastian Inlet State Park is within the Refuge boundary and is open 24 hours a day. The State Park along with Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program manage four interpretive foot trails and seven miles of mountain bike trails on the west side of Highway A1A .