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Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Opens in 16 min: 06:00 - 21:00
Open today: 06:00 - 21:00
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Birds, Birds and wildlife.

Nice walking paths with room for bicycles, scenic overviews at every turn, benches to sit and just... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Great way to see the salt water marsh

It was a cloudy day so we decided to take a walk through Pinckney Island. If you like taking a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Charles City, Virginia
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  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 5 October 2006

My husband and I go to Pinckney every time we visit HHI. The birdlife is exceptional and we never fail to see and alligator or two. We've seen Moma raccoons with baby raccoons in broad daylight feeding in the marsh; raccoons are nocturnal animals so...More

29  Thank seaofjoy
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 18 April 2011

This place was a total waste of time. We walked for two hours and saw one medium sized alligatot (about five feet long) and only a few birds. Heed the warnings about no refuge or bathrooms, the paths are under direct sun so be prepared...More

6  Thank John_Topeka
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A nice place to see the native birds and fauna. I forgot how much the tidal basins ebb and flow and how low the low country is.

Thank larryrneal2016
Reviewed 4 days ago

We had two very enjoyable hikes on Pinckney. It's easy to reach from the Hilton Head Bridge. Be prepared with excellent insect repellent and water. It's a great place to bird watch. We didn't see any alligators or mammals. The gravel and grass trails are...More

Thank Drew K
Reviewed 6 days ago

Nice walking paths with room for bicycles, scenic overviews at every turn, benches to sit and just watch the activity and great signs to explain what you are seeing. Afternoon well spent.

Thank rgquam
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was a cloudy day so we decided to take a walk through Pinckney Island. If you like taking a peaceful walk this is a great place. There is limited parking and no restrooms so be prepared.

Thank Dean3839
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent 2 hours here enjoying the wetlands and peaceful environment. We enjoyed our outing but we're surprised that we saw very few birds or other creatures. Saw more ant hills and animal droppingsj but not what I expected. We did enjoy our time in...More

Thank Tim F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed out lovely walk around the island. Many trails and animals to see. I didn’t realize the island was so big it sure can be an all day walk about

1  Thank jetwreen
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good hiking and bird watching location. We had only 2 hours for exploring the island but enjoyed circling 2 of the nearby ponds and seeing a number of different birds. It is a 0.9 mile hike to get down to the main trails, so if...More

1  Thank cyrowth
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

have comfortable walking shows, this place has a ton of walking paths, tons of birds and aviary life, they have a alligator in the ibis pond, lots to look at, tons of wetlands, be prepared for physical exertion, there is no restrooms, no water. There...More

Thank Justin W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After the hustle bustle of Hilton Head , this beautiful park is a haven of tranquility. Its very close ti the main road bridge We saw many birds and some turtles . No alligators today though. We only had an hour to walk round and...More

Thank tractorboy59
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you are into nature, especially birds, this is the place to go. In October it's especially nice as it's not too hot and there are lots of migrating birds that you can see. My wife is the real birder but I have been indoctrinated...More

1  Thank Nick P
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22 August 2018|
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Response from joanmS8784VH | Reviewed this property |
My opinion is no. Much too busy of a roadway as you approach Pinckney. We loaded our bikes into our car and drove over. You may want to drive to Pinckney and check it out before you decide to bike that far.
11 March 2018|
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Response from D9447PXjohns | 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
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