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Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

Pinckney Wildlife Refuge Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29926
912-652-4415
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Ranked #11 of 60 Attractions in Hilton Head
Activities: Birdwatching, Hiking, Biking
Owner description: Encompassing four islands and 4,000 acres, the refuge aims to preserve and protect endangered natural habitats and species. At 1,200 acres, Pinckney... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Union Hall
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

What a wonderful surprise to have a beautiful trail to walk and observe nature! It was very well maintained with a trail guide and good signage. Take water and bug spray and be aware there are no facilities!

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Lancaster, Ohio, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I recommend the 7-mile round trip route to the tip of the island from the parking area. Quiet, serene, scenic, and unique views of the wild intracoastal waterway.

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Burlington, North Carolina
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64 reviews 64 reviews
22 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Been to HHI many times but never went to Pinckney Islands. This trip we made a point to see the area. It is a little tricky to get off and on the highway but once you get into the refuge and park it is another world away from it all. We had a wonderful time hiking the trails and roads... More

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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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46 reviews 46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Many birds in wetlands were impressive. Road down center of refuge to point was closed. No facilities. Great for bikes.

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Chester, Va
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

a scenic walk with abundant birds. Not too many benches to rest on . Wear good shoes and don't go on a 96* humid day. The way to see most of island would be on bicycle. Hydrate before and take water.

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Toronto, Canada
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49 reviews 49 reviews
25 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This refuge featured trails for walking or cycling. There were many beautiful birds there. Bring lots of water if you are there on a hot day there is no drinking water on site.

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Kentucky
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

We went on a morning hike with a guide named Carol. She gave us so much information about the marshes and the birds that we saw. She knew where to look for young alligators. She gave us time to take pictures. I told her I would write up our experience on Trip Advisor and encourage people to come visit the... More

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Sleepy Hollow, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

If you are an early bird, this is the place for you. Just after sunrise you will be impressed with both the volume and variety of birds. You can enjoy a nice walk, with great opportunities for sightings. The refuge provides great spots for nature photography, as well.

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

With no powered vehicles (except bikes) allowed, this is a quiet walk in the marshes and woods. Well-maintained paths; wheelchair accessible. Bird lovers...come early morning. A great way to see the marshes, woodlands and fresh water ponds of the Low Country without commercialization. Bring drinking water!

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Fishers, Indiana
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54 reviews 54 reviews
5 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This place is huge ... you will walk quite a ways to see a lot of it ... its gorgeous but buggy with big spiders .... the butterfly area and bird ponds are great but there is no water and no restrooms ... just know that going in .... having bikes here would be a blast but you would have... More

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