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Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Pinckney Wildlife Refuge Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29926
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+1 912-652-4415
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06:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 21:00
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Encompassing four islands and 4,000 acres, the refuge aims to preserve and...

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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Peaceful

Had a wonderful time walking here. Very relaxing. Saw both adult and baby alligators. Nice white Ibis rookery and several ponds. Parking can be an issue but we were there on a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Lucywren
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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56 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a wonderful time walking here. Very relaxing. Saw both adult and baby alligators. Nice white Ibis rookery and several ponds. Parking can be an issue but we were there on a weekday so it was OK.

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Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We hiked for three hours here and loved it. It is an easy trail in that it is straight not hilly. We would hike here again.

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Northern Virginia, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Good place to go to see birds and gators. Be sure to walk around the various ponds. Best time for migrating birds are fall and spring. Wood storks stop here from time to time.

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Thank msdillo
Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I booked this guided hike for my parents, who are in their 60s and myself while we were visiting the Coastal Discovery Museum (also a great place to visit). We have really enjoyed learning about the salt marshes, the life cycles of the oysters, the plant life, and bird migrations. Even in February, we saw Ibis, Blue Heron, multi-colored Heron,... More 

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Thank karibu372
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice place to go and wonder around enjoying the sites, we saw HUGE alligator, a very good outside activity

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Took my 4 year old and my 6 year old here and it was a lot of fun for them. We saw lots of birds and some deer and were largely by ourselves or at least very distant from others and this was supposedly a 'busy' day.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove there one day and hiked around on our own. Fun, but did not know much about the history of the island or the ecosystem. Signed up for a free tour the next week and learned so much from our guide, David. Saw so many different kinds of birds and alligators as he led us around the Ibis pond.

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Thank nancyr254
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gorgeous nature preserve. A world away from the world. Even got to see an Eagle fly over. Great kayaking also.

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Thank Fatima I
DuBois, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pinckney is a nice winter and spring activity when it is not too hot or buggy. No water or restrooms on the premises. I saw plenty of egrets, a flock of ibises, an eagle, alligator and many other birds on the ibis pond. Can't wait to visit again!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Convenient location to take a stroll and see wildlife and tidal pools. Easy walking, obviously flat, easy parking, no admission.

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