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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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Have nature all to yourself

I visited this reserve in April 2017. What a place! There is a donation slot for a cash donation... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Atlanta, Georgia
Quiet & peaceful.

Great place to walk. no sounds but nature. Have been there many times. Bikes allowed too. Usually... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Alice W
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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 yesterday

I visited this reserve in April 2017. What a place! There is a donation slot for a cash donation but otherwise this place is free of charge. parking is in a gravel lot and don't leave valuables in your car. After leaving the parking lot...More

Thank TransATL
Reviewed 3 days ago

Great place to walk. no sounds but nature. Have been there many times. Bikes allowed too. Usually not crowded. Best time to walk is early morning.

Thank Alice W
Reviewed 4 days ago

First, there are some things you need to know: 1. It's a long, long walk to and from the parking area. Potentially you could cover several miles total. This is my 2nd visit. I took a rental bicycle with me this time around, which made...More

2  Thank rbb132
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although we've been visiting Hilton Head Island for many years, this was the first time we decided to check out Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. We took a short bike ride along the paved roadway and enjoyed a great afternoon/evening watching for wildlife along our...More

Thank Stephen Robert S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you like birds going here is well worth the trip the bird Island I think they called you could walk all the way around it and see lots there was also supposed to be alligators in there but I did not see any

Thank David T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked a guide through the Coastal Discovery Museum, named Carlos Chacon, and he led us through a wonderful 2 hour visit to the Pinckney Island refuge. Located just off route 278,the reserve includes miles of easy, level walking trails with marshes, ponds, forests and...More

1  Thank Alexander A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A quiet get away in between the mainland and Hilton Head Island, certainly a must visit for nature lovers and people who just want to escape for a while!

Thank LowCountryRTO
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Being a local it's nice to enjoy Pinckney whenever we want. We've been here a few times as we like to explore and walk around. We really like the small butterfly garden they have. My only complaint is that I wish some of the trails...More

Thank Elizabeth F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love the evening walk. Pond filled with returning birds is a sight that is not common for city folks

2  Thank MUJI_ENO
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I did a 9 mile loop from the parking lot to Bull Point and then up to Dicks Point and then South along the back of the lakes. If you plan to explore the island on foot bringing water is an absolute necessity. I walked...More

Thank William H
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Regis S
Can you ride bikes
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
Is there a cost to visit?
25 April 2017|
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Response from ronnyber | Reviewed this property |
No cost