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Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Open Now: 06:00 - 21:00
Open today: 06:00 - 21:00
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An exciting find!!

Didn't go out to Bluffton for a bird walk; but a wedding. Stopped by at the NWR hoping to see... read more

Reviewed yesterday
This place is great!

Have visited twice now and will be back again before our holiday is done. The hiking was great. We... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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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

Didn't go out to Bluffton for a bird walk; but a wedding. Stopped by at the NWR hoping to see something and we were so excited to see the nesting egrets at Ibis Pond! There are no toilets or water fountains; so come prepared. Bring...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Have visited twice now and will be back again before our holiday is done. The hiking was great. We walked 10 miles one day! The photo opportunities were great. The wildlife, especially birds, incredible.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank MaggieBtravels
Reviewed 1 week ago

An excellent opportunity to bone up on the history and evolution of the Island. Free entrance to this walk though museum will take about 3/4 hour and is not to be missed, as it is extremely well don. there is also an outside property walk...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Gordon R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely worth your time! Great place for families with kids...if you keep walking along the road you'll reach a pond. Good viewing area for birds and wildlife.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Stay793453
Reviewed 1 week ago

Pretty setting, well-marked trails. Saw lots of birds and a few alligators. I recommend getting an early start before it gets too hot in the day. There is no entrance fee.

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Kathy B
Reviewed 1 week ago

This preserve is a great place to see birds, alligators, and enjoy the marshes in the low country. You need to walk about a mile to get into a great viewing area. This area is kept very clean and is safe.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Diana C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to take a hike or bike ride. We went there once during our 2-weeks in Hilton Head. Lots of different birds. If you like nature and the outdoors this is the place to go. Hiking/biking trails are very easy. I would definitely go...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Thon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great place to see living creatures in the wild! And it’s free. This was one of the last things we did while visiting HHI. And it was worth it! But, it was SO hot and humid during late morning iin late June, 95...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank thosewhohope
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wanted to drive through and look for birds and other animals to photograph. Area was only available for hiking and the driving roads were all closed. Maybe it was the time of year.

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Regina S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I loved this place! It's a 1/2 mile or so walk in to the White Ibis Pond, and you cross over the salt marcs in 3 areas. The pond has tons of different birds, and a couple of gators. I went 4 times in 2...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank sethelm1
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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