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Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Pinckney Wildlife Refuge Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29926
Phone Number: 912-652-4415
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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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A wonderful place for a bike ride

Our family really enjoyed our time on Pinckney Island. They have a great trail system (some gravel road, others grass lanes) across the island. I think we spent about 3 hours... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Sue E
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Midlothian, Virginia
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Midlothian, Virginia
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our family really enjoyed our time on Pinckney Island. They have a great trail system (some gravel road, others grass lanes) across the island. I think we spent about 3 hours biking and wildlife watching. We saw the biggest gators here! Oh my gosh - they were huge!! We also saw some baby alligators which was a treat. We hoped... More 

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Thank Sue E
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Undisturbed wildlife reserve. Many beautiful birds and salt marshes. Wide paths for biking, and easy to find off the beaten path trails. Loved the quiet and serene beauty of the lowcountry.

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Thank Emma M
Lock Haven, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved visiting and having the opportunity to take some photos easily. Beautiful and lovely just to stroll along and take in the scenery and natural habitat of South Carolina.

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Thank Elaine B
Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Pinckney Island is a beautiful way to spend a hour or two. The paths are very nice but the map seems to be not to scale, I could be wrong. As with any time you try to see animals in their natural environment, you may or may not see any. We saw some ibis and moorhens, but not a lot... More 

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Aubrey, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Do yourself a favor and take a few moments to stop and savor this little lowcountry gem! Lovliness abounds!

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Harvard, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a gorgeous place to explore! Just make sure you bring the bug spray and lots of it... We were idiot tourists and didn't even think of it until we were being eaten alive.

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Thank kyliesue91
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We walked to the Ibis Pond area and as the sun set, the birds started coming in to nest. The sights and sounds of the variety of birds makes it a relaxing experience.

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Thank WireWrapGems2
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Travelling in January was enjoyable as the weather was cooler and enjoyable. Completed most of the complete trails found them all in great shape and clean. Failed to find an alligator but managed to see dolphins playing in the channel. Overall great outing for the day.

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Thank Kevin S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Get going and enjoy the great outdoors with a trip to Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. A great place to hike and experience nature. We walked past a pond filled with alligators, gardens filled with butterfly's and immense banana silk spiders.

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Thank Beckysue2
Flat Rock, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After spending a week in the hustle and bustle of Hilton Head, it was a true respite to spend a few hours on Pinckney Island. I walked to the Ibis Pond, sat on the bench, and watched the birds for awhile. All the trails are flat, easy walks. I'll go back again the next time I'm in the area.

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