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Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Open Now: 06:00 - 21:00
Open today: 06:00 - 21:00
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Nice flat walking tral

2nd time we have gone to this park, saw more birds this time. Nice easy walk into the park, no... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
New England
Great place to walk

I have lived on HHI for 3 years and it took company to get me to Pinckney. What a lovely preserve... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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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 2 days ago

2nd time we have gone to this park, saw more birds this time. Nice easy walk into the park, no facilities or water so be sure to bring some. Several longer walks up 7 miles, so you could spend the whole day if you wanted.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I have lived on HHI for 3 years and it took company to get me to Pinckney. What a lovely preserve. There are lots of birds, turtles and gators to see. Many plant species and a butterfly garden to see. I would advise walking shoes...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank tpcrna1981
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Over 4000 acres of beautiful land with very few people once you get a mile or so into it. Think Hilton Head Island without any people or man made crap on it. Saw Bottle nose Dolphins fishing at low tide and many, many birds of...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Bill C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Incredibly peaceful and beautiful! It is a bird sanctuary filled with many species. You can spend hours exploring here.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Bennett2014
Reviewed 9 December 2018 via mobile

We saw this area on our way to Hilton Head Island and made sure to stop on our way back to Savannah. It was so beautiful and peaceful. We saw tons of squirrels and birds, but no other wildlife. It was a very relaxing adventure...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank EileenStelzner
Reviewed 9 December 2018

Pinckney Island National refuge is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. Be aware that there is no drinking water in the refuge and there are no toilet facilities.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank williamosborne
Reviewed 6 December 2018

This is a large Preserve with white Ibis, herons, an eagle, deer and even a bobcat. It can take hours to see it all, but worth the time.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank gerard1320
Reviewed 25 November 2018 via mobile

As you would expect here in the low country the trails are flat and easy to walk. The weather in the winter is perfect for a walk along the trails to enjoy the landscape and an endless number of birds and possibly other wildlife indigenous...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank RobertSofSC
Reviewed 19 November 2018

We loved our visit to Pinckney Island NWR. We hiked out to Ibis Pond (about 2 miles round trip), where we saw three alligators and many, many types of birds. The weather was very pleasant this time of year (November). The hike to the pond...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Generals36
Reviewed 17 November 2018

A nice place to see the native birds and fauna. I forgot how much the tidal basins ebb and flow and how low the low country is.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank larryrneal2016
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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 D9447PXjohns | 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