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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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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Activities: Biking, Birdwatching, Hiking
Description: 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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Nature lovers

This is a wonderful nature preserve just off of Hilton Head Island. You can hike in or bike in to see nature at it's best. There are natural nesting grounds for the Ibis, and you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This is a wonderful nature preserve just off of Hilton Head Island. You can hike in or bike in to see nature at it's best. There are natural nesting grounds for the Ibis, and you will see numerous little fiddler crabs going about their business. You may see the occasional alligator. And it's a very cool area to watch the... More 

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

such a wonderful place to ride your bike and enjoy the beauty of the lowcountry. If you decide to come here for a walk, plan to stay for a few hours.

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Orlando, FL, USA
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62 reviews 62 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

Rode my bike all around. Quiet & relaxing. Saw birds & alligators. Free, no restroom facilities. Very pretty. There is a pond I go to that hardly anyone goes to.

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antioch, ca
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47 reviews 47 reviews
7 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

The Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge is a terrific site for a family outing if you are prepared. Parking is limited; there are no restrooms or picnic areas. The main trail is graveled and walking is easy as long as visitors stay on the trails. Bring water, insect repellent, binoculars and a camera. Read the Pinckney Island website before you come.... More 

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Hilton Head
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

many times you will have the island to yourself. Take the time to visit the north end of the island with awesome views of Port Royal Sound.

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Bumpass, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

This is good for a little day trip walk. Like others mentioned there is little parking available and no restrooms so come prepared. There are good maps on site. You walk along a gravel road for a stretch and there are a lot of little crabs scurrying about. Then you get to some treed areas and the first pond is... More 

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Denville, New Jersey
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Pinckney Island is a beautiful area, but it hasn't been well designed for visitors. There is very little parking. There are no rest rooms. Trails lead off a main road, and require walking through grassy areas for long stretches. Unfortunately, there are fire ant mounds throughout the grass and no warning signs at all about them. It is essential to... More 

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Cumming
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Very quit. Very little parking availability. I do like having the security cameras overseeing the cars. Not crowded. Good photography opportunities of the grass lands. We saw a few birds a couple of squirrels. I've been to this location on several times of the year can be quite cold in the winter months with a wind breeze. Overall great location... More 

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Milwaukee, WI
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

If you're into nature, this is a great place to go for a hike, or even a bike ride. There is much nature to see here. You will see hundreds of little fiddler crabs along the edge of the water. There is a nesting ground for the Ibis, which is very cool to see. You may see an alligator here... More 

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Penn Run, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Walked out beyond the Ibis pond area. Very nice crushed shell walkway made walking easy. The walk around ibis pond was the especially nice with many nesting birds clearly visible. Free to enter and walk around. One thing that did surprise us was that dogs were not permitted on the walkway. Some of the other reviews mentioned taking their dogs... More 

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