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Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

#5 of 117 things to do in Hilton Head Features Animals
Pinckney Wildlife Refuge Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29926
+1 912-652-4415
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Super cool place for birding!

My kids love birds and we saw a ton of birds at the pond. It is easily walkable and a great place... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Annapolis, Maryland
Or First Tour

My wife and I took the free tour of Pinckney sponsored by the volunteers from the Savannah National... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Bluffton, 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 3 days ago

My kids love birds and we saw a ton of birds at the pond. It is easily walkable and a great place for nature lovers. We can't wait to go back!

Thank Shekja
Reviewed 4 days ago

My wife and I took the free tour of Pinckney sponsored by the volunteers from the Savannah National wildlife Refuge. The Tours are only on Tuesdays and reservations are required. The tour is conducted by docents and last 90 minutes. The weather was overcast and...More

2  Thank Eagleeye1959
Reviewed 6 days ago

We went for a hike to visit this National wildlife refuge with myself, my husband and our two teenage kids. It was crazy hot and humid that day. We really enjoyed our 4 mile hike - The Ibis pond was like nothing I had ever...More

1  Thank Jamie E
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have visited Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge on several visits to Hilton Head. We have seen large flocks of egrets, as well as both green and blue heron, and ibis. I am always afraid of encountering snakes, so I stay well on the gravel...More

Thank Nedra D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge is simply peaceful and lovely! We bike the paths there and enjoy the tranquility of nature. It is a must see while staying on the island!

Thank mindy737
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have vitiated here every time we have come to HH. It is just a wonderful experience away from the tourist-ness of the rest of the island. Bring plenty of water and look for crocs!

Thank Revdarth
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked Pinckney Island National Wildlife Reserve and saw hundreds of birds including ibis, herons, hawks, bluebirds, ducks and ducklings... I had never seen a rookery before. It was fascinating! We also saw a huge alligator and some baby alligators. I large non-poisonous snake caught...More

Thank Suzanne P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My 5 year old daughter and I spent about an hour and a half at the preserve . We made it to ibis pond and spent a bit of time admiring the birds . An alligator at a clearing by the pond was enough reason...More

1  Thank callum0330
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Pickney Island National Wildlife Reserve. It is a great place for the whole family. There are some nice walking and bike trails. The photographer of any skill has the opportunity to photograph some great wildlife subjects. The park is well mapped out. It...More

Thank juliehamin
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful place to stroll or bike. So many beautiful birds to view. Alligators to check out - just a great place to get back to nature.

Thank Susan M
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Regis S
14 June 2017|
Response from Dee P | Reviewed this property |
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.
Marilyn P
25 April 2017|
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Response from ronnyber | Reviewed this property |
No cost