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Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Pinckney Wildlife Refuge Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29926
+1 912-652-4415
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Bikeable trails

Nice place to take a bike ride into nature. But it was even more fun to take a boat ride around the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Gary K
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Leland, North Carolina
Great for hiking, photography, and a peaceful walk

This place is gives the visistor an idea what the area looked like before Hiklton Head was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Diane M
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Cleveland, Ohio
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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.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“bring water” (31 reviews)
“gravel road” (13 reviews)
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Pinckney Wildlife Refuge Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29926
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Nice place to take a bike ride into nature. But it was even more fun to take a boat ride around the island and beyond with the Live Oak Boating Company. You ALWAYS see dolphin and at high tide you may also see an eagles...More

Thank Gary K
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is gives the visistor an idea what the area looked like before Hiklton Head was developed. It is preserved nature at its best. Be aware that there are no rest room facilities!!!! There are no drinking facilities!!! Bring a backpack with water, wear...More

Thank Diane M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We just happened to arrive when they were looking for people to fill out a tour on their electric tour trolley. Excellent docent who showed us much more than if we had hiked on our own.

Thank DenverJack2
Reviewed 1 week ago

It has a long walking trail. All along the trail there is something to see, like unusual birds, alligators, trees, bushes and ponds. It's beautiful and peaceful and fun!

Thank Ennalls
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to walk, hike, and ride a bike. Lots of trails and wildlife. Just be sure to grab a map before heading in. There is a lot of land, and to walk to the end and back can take an entire...More

Thank Kimberly T
Reviewed 1 week ago

The docents were smart and engaging. The tour was interesting and I learned a lot and had a nice time with the small group. This is a volunteer organization and they are incredibly professional, friendly, and knowledgeable.

Thank ErinATL
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our visit to Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge was way better than I expected! It was truly beautiful and gave you some sense of what many parts of South Carolina or Hilton Head must have looked like centuries ago. Ibis Pond itself almost looked prehistoric!...More

Thank John S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing place. Kids loved it. To see the animals in their natural habitat was great. Plenty to see. Saw 2 gators sunbathing, a dolphin in the marshes and skulls on the ground.

Thank Jason M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I would definitely recommend this place! It is peaceful and pleasant...you can walk around or ride a bike. There are numerous birds of all sorts and marsh lands with egrets,and other types of birds. They had a wonderful butterfly garden that was extremely active this...More

Thank larkenRidgefield_CT
Reviewed 15 October 2017

I have been here twice and the birds are much more plentiful in the Spring when the rookery is very active. This October we only encountered a few ducks and herons and egrets in the distance. Please be aware that there are no restrooms or...More

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vairolaw
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
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Regis S
14 June 2017|
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Response from rbb132 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, and I recommend it, because it is a long, long way to and from the parking area across the island. You could potentially cover several MILES. Just be aware that the access road is loose gravel. It's easy to pedal a bike... More
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Regis S
14 June 2017|
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Response from bruwest | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely. I would recommend bringing your bike. It's a gravel/dirt path/road that is not hard at all to bike on.
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