More than 35,000 people visit Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge each year. The refuge features more than 8,400 acres of bottomland hardwoods, a pine forest, croplands, old fields and moist soil units. It serves as an ideal habitat for 180 bird, 50 amphibian and reptile, 25 mammal, and 20 fish species. The refuge was established in 1963 and is part of the Carolina Thread Trail, a regional network of greenways and paths that is currently being developed to span 15 counties. The Pee Dee refuge is actually located in Anson and Richmond counties of North Carolina, and employs a seven-person staff.