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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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We could have walked all day, (hum I could have danced all night)

Enjoyed the variety of paths and wildlife. Paths were well kept and well marked. Signage helped... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Karen P
North Olmsted, Ohio, United States
Nice walk to Ibis Pond

It was an overcast day so we decided to walk in the refuge. We had tried on a warmer day and since... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Karen C
Montclair, New Jersey
via mobile
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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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Pinckney Wildlife Refuge Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29926
+1 912-652-4415
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed the variety of paths and wildlife. Paths were well kept and well marked. Signage helped identify birds. Really enjoyed the butterfly garden

Thank Karen P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was an overcast day so we decided to walk in the refuge. We had tried on a warmer day and since there was no shade we turned back. The trail from the parking lot takes you past various marshes and waterways. We walked in...More

Thank Karen C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On our way to Bluffton to see the Farmers Market, we passed the sigh for Pinckney Island. Did a U-turn on our way back and were immediately enchanted by the circular, wooded drive just past the entrance to the refuge. Heard several song birds, got...More

Thank pmirage77
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were on the way to Home Depot and we saw the sign, so we drove through. It was really beautiful driving into the refuge. Once you get in, there are some bike trails. I did not see anything I really wanted to do.

Thank bettinahavard
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I really enjoyed walk on the trails. Highly recommend doing this during cooler months as it can get blistering hot during summer. Many bird types. There are many scenic views and great photo opportunities.

Thank Rick F
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 5 weeks 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 11 November 2017

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 11 November 2017

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
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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
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
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.