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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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Pinckney would take time to explore

Pinckney Island is a beautiful island that is off the bridge leading to/from Hilton Head Island... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
WalterCath
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Danville, Virginia
Great place to ride bikes

We love this place. We rode our bikes for several hours around the island. It is really big so it... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
darbrown30
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Hilton Head, 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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Reviewed 2 days ago

Pinckney Island is a beautiful island that is off the bridge leading to/from Hilton Head Island. There are no bathrooms available. There is parking, but gets crowded at times. There are miles and miles of paths. We have only touched the surface. We have seen...More

Thank WalterCath
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We love this place. We rode our bikes for several hours around the island. It is really big so it would be difficult to walk all over. We took packbacks with water and snacks. We went early before it was too warm. Nice morning outing.

Thank darbrown30
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Reviewed 3 days ago

If you love wildlife and especially wildlife photography this place is a must. Easy to get to by car although parking is limited the Refuge is just wonderful. I visited 3 times during a 3 week vacation and saw something wonderful and different every time....More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We arrived around 9am, found ample shaded parking. Ride gravel paths on bikes pulling trailers, which I recommend to cover more ground. We saw an alligator on the marsh even before reaching ibis pond. Make sure to pack water and bug spray. No restrooms available,...More

Thank jaim81
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Family of 6 were looking for something different to do. It’s free and full of nature. It was a great walk, while being “one” with nature. The bird island was simply amazing.

Thank GoGirlTravels
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife is a biologist, and my young children love being outdoors, so Pinckney Island is an awesome place for us. This is a nice place to get a change of pace from the beach and see lots of local wildlife. I recommend going in...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The park is free and offers birdwatchers over 20 different types of coastal birds to view. There are tours you can go on but they are 125.00 per person. The park is better as we have been on both.

Thank Reesa D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to see birds in their nests, gators and sand crabs. No services of any kind available. Take water with you.

Thank HomeDallas
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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Reviewed 6 May 2018

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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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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