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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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Getting back to nature near HHI

This nature preserve is immediately at end of bridge leading to HHI no admission charge and offers... read more

Reviewed yesterday
mgb57
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Indianapolis, IN
Be sure to take a camera!!!!

We were amazed at all the wildlife we saw there. It was nesting time for many birds so we saw... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
arno7494
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Taylors, 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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  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Pinckney Wildlife Refuge Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29926
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+1 912-652-4415
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Reviewed yesterday

This nature preserve is immediately at end of bridge leading to HHI no admission charge and offers great views of Intracostal a waterway and other low country sites. Lots of birds to spot. Nice trails but be advised no restroom facilities or shelters.

Thank mgb57
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were amazed at all the wildlife we saw there. It was nesting time for many birds so we saw several types of babies, from ducks to birds, the ponds are beautiful. We highly recommend that you visit here. Bring camera for sure!

Thank arno7494
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pinckney Island is a wonderful place to go, hike, and see the birds. While we were here we saw so many kinds of birds and even a close up of an osprey who was not at all afraid of the people stopping to stare. There...More

Thank Chris R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great place to stop and walk the trails look ,around and enjoy life here.Love the wildlife!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you need to get back to nature, you will enjoy Pinckney Island Refuge. When we came in April, the road was only open up to the parking lot. From here there are hiking and biking trails. It is easy to spend a few hours...More

Thank Localgirl252
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Reviewed 17 April 2018

Had to laugh at the negative reviews. WE don't WANT dogs in a wildlife refuge.....they disturb the wildlife and peace which we are coming to experience. Nothing there but beauty and serenity.

3  Thank mme b
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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

We thought the “plastic” snake on the information kiosk in the parking lot was unnecessary and a little too realistic as we stood very closely studying the map of the refuge. Then, the snake moved! Yikes!! The harmless garter snake moved off into the grass...More

1  Thank Charissa B
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Reviewed 14 April 2018

Great area to walk and enjoy the bird wildlife. It is quiet and clean , with many birds to view. This was my second trip and I enjoyed photographing the scenery.

Thank Uncle Jack
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Reviewed 8 April 2018

Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge is a good place to go to get a sense of the natural world in the Hilton Head, South Carolina area. There were Ibis aplenty to be seen. There were stand binoculars set up (no cost) in order to zoom...More

3  Thank CrossingtheUS
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Reviewed 7 April 2018

We discovered this area last year on our spring break trip. We enjoyed our walk here so we returned this year. Nice area to take a walk and see wildlife. The parking area is small so the earlier you get here, the easier it is...More

Thank Gregory B
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MissyC2012
11 March 2018|
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Response from John S | 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
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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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