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Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Closed Now: 06:00 - 21:00
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visit the rookery in the spring

Easy to moderate walk, flat terrain. Great bird rookery. We were there in March and there were... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Akron, Ohio
Beautiful walking hike of the Preserve

We were staying in Hilton Head in Sept 2017 in between Hurricanes. We found out about the preserve... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rancho Cucamonga, California
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Encompassing four islands and 4,000 acres, the refuge aims to preserve and protect endangered natural habitats and species. At 1,200 acres, Pinckney is the largest of the refuge's islands and the only one open to the public.
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Pinckney Wildlife Refuge Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29926
+1 912-652-4415
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Easy to moderate walk, flat terrain. Great bird rookery. We were there in March and there were thousands of birds (mainly ibis and egrets). Birds were flocing and mating on a little island in the middle of a small lake that you are able to...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying in Hilton Head in Sept 2017 in between Hurricanes. We found out about the preserve from our concierge at our resort. It was very quiet with beautiful plants, marshlands and various Horticultural formations. We could actually see the preserve from our resort...More

Thank HangingwithMrCooper
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good flora and Fonda. Lots of birds, indigenous plants, and marshlands. Very nice to see easily accessible can walk or drive

Thank Patricia W
Reviewed 12 August 2018

Park was pretty to drive through but it doesn't go anywhere but to a parking lot that was full. You can walk/hike or bike from that point so we were disappointed there was not more to see. Extremely hot day.

Thank G S
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

This is a beautiful area, but be ready for LOTS of walking! To get to the first pond was almost a mile walk so young children may not be able to make it the whole island walking. It’s definitely worth the stop as it’s very...More

Thank annette t
Reviewed 7 August 2018

This place is unbelievably beautiful! Come prepared with plenty of drinking water on those hot days and allow yourself plenty of time to explore. If possible bring bikes as it lends itself perfect for exploring by bicycles!

Thank Kristopher K
Reviewed 6 August 2018

This is a lovely place for a day hike. If you get an Uber or a Taxi here, though, make a reservation for a pickup as well, because getting back will not be possible if you just call for one from the place.

Thank Sarah S
Reviewed 5 August 2018

Enjoy nature with a walk or a bike ride. This has been preserved from development for future generations. Enjoy a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle!

Thank HHIJohn
Reviewed 4 August 2018

This is just a great place to go for a quire nature walk, or a nice bike ride through a quite nature preserve. Be sure to stop atIris Pond for pictures and viewing the Egrets nesting. Bike trails are flat and very accommodating.

Thank WeRretired
Reviewed 27 July 2018

This was our second visit to Pinckney and it's a great place to enjoy the outdoors. Sandwiched between the mainland and Hilton Head is a great place to enjoy some of the Low Country wildlife. We took our bikes and rode on some of the...More

Thank ScottDMaryland
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22 August 2018|
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Response from joanmS8784VH | Reviewed this property |
My opinion is no. Much too busy of a roadway as you approach Pinckney. We loaded our bikes into our car and drove over. You may want to drive to Pinckney and check it out before you decide to bike that far.
11 March 2018|
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Response from John S | Reviewed this property |
Most of the trails start 1/2 mile from the parking area and even the shortest trail is 1.2 miles round trip. It seems to me that a knee scooter might be tough because even for bicycles they suggest : "Bicyclists should be... More
29 August 2017|
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Response from vairolaw | Reviewed this property |
Actually I googled and found the following. There are free assessability tours with a docent on Tuesday mornings at pickney island. Here is the link. Google coastalrefuges and pickney island. Glad I found out about this... More