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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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beautiful refuge

Had to laugh at the negative reviews. WE don't WANT dogs in a wildlife refuge.....they disturb the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
mme b
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Hilton Head, South Carolina
Easy walk with lots of wildlife

We thought the “plastic” snake on the information kiosk in the parking lot was unnecessary and a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Charissa B
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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
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

2  Thank mme b
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

Thank Charissa B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've never seen so many herons, ibis, egrets, and many other birds as densely in one area as Ibis Pond, a short 0.9 mile hike from the parking lot. It was amazing to see the courtship displays, and the building of nests. We looked down,...More

Thank Karen M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of our goals in our Hilton Head trip was to visit Pinckney NWR. Did not realize that there was an Egret rookery in the pond. Lots of Great Egrets and little Blue Herons. Nice walk out to the pond.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took the easy walk from the parking area to Ibis Pond. Roundtrip was about 45 min....at a leisurely pace. There are so many birds and ducks on the trees and in the pond. It was fun to watch them and listen to all the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

To enter the refuge it is safest to go to HHI and return. This way you can make a save right turn. This is off a 4 lane bridge. There are many paths to follow and unless you are in good shape and an advent...More

2  Thank Wayne A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful activity for our family (children 16 & 11) on a chilly March day. Definitely, remember bug spray so you can stop and observe the birds without being bitten.

Thank kristikc
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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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