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Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Pinckney Wildlife Refuge Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29926
Phone Number: +1 912-652-4415
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 21:00
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Encompassing four islands and 4,000 acres, the refuge aims to preserve and...

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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Well worth a visit

A variety of unusual terrains and lots of wildlife when we visited at midday. Tons of birds in particular but the highlight was the HUGE alligator sunning on a bank. A bit buggy... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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carrollton
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Saw several alligators including a 10 footer, lots of ducks , birds & butterflies. No mosquito repellent needed. If you are looking for something interesting to do that does not cost anything while getting some fresh air, this is good. Besides, you will learn something about the coastal ecology.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A variety of unusual terrains and lots of wildlife when we visited at midday. Tons of birds in particular but the highlight was the HUGE alligator sunning on a bank. A bit buggy but hey you are out in the wilds here and a few bites are a small price to pay for really getting a handle on the natural... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited yesterday and had a nice walk of about a couple of miles. We brought bug repellent, but didn't need to use it. My husband, an avid nature photographer, was pleased with the photo opportunities. Except for ibis and a baby gator in a pond we really didn't see much wildlife --but maybe we needed to go further in.... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this refuge. Saw an alligator near one of the ponds and a lot of birds. Needs more parking and some facilities for a bathroom, but the hike are great.

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Bellefontaine, Ohio
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoy camping, backpacking and hiking and this was about as boring as it gets to me. First of all the parking was very limited and we were even there during the off season. We only went one mile in because of the boring gravel road we were walking on. We did see a huge gator at one of the... More 

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Fenton, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This refuge took some damage from the hurricane but it is still a nice place to walk and see low country marsh along with birds. The trails appear to be open.

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Thank peonyrose
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pinckney is a great nature trail to see all kinds of birds & also possibly gators. There are several trails you can take. Bring a camera! However, be prepared & use bug spray if you go in the warmer months!!!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Get a glimpse of unspoiled low country South Carolina. This is a very nice hiking area. Well worth taking the time to visit.

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Edison, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Easy walking and biking trails. There are some trails open, but some are still closed due to Hurricane Matthew. Also, like any wildlife refuge, we are subject to the wildlife making themselves available for viewing. Still worth the visit.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did the short walk to the ibis lake. The walk is easy although you need to be careful of the gravel. You can also bike. You will see and hear many birds as well as beautiful scenery. It is free but you can give a donation.

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