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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: Birdwatching, Hiking, Biking
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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Nice easy trail

Beautiful, well groomed trails. Views change throughout walk from wetlands to forest. Quiet enough to hear lots of birds. Didn't see much wildlife except for one gator, a few... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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Inverness, Illinois
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Inverness, Illinois
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144 reviews 144 reviews
21 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW via mobile

Beautiful, well groomed trails. Views change throughout walk from wetlands to forest. Quiet enough to hear lots of birds. Didn't see much wildlife except for one gator, a few birds and squirrels. Walked for about 2 hours but to really appreciate all that is here a bike would be better to cover more ground. No facilities.

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Oakville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Well groomed paths and informative signs not enough parking could use a washroom or a Johnny on the spot

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Seattle, Washington
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11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

I traveled a loop through Georgia and South Carolina; finding the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge by good fortune. It's right off the highway but once you drive in and park, you feel as though you are in another land. It's truly beautiful with a quiet grace and charm that feeds the soul. It's flat so walking/strolling is very easy.... More 

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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98 reviews 98 reviews
9 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We've visited Pinckney Island several times over the past few months and it has had something unique to offer on each visit. When the tide is in, you'll have a chance to see more waterfowl than when it is out. Also, if you visit in the fall, be sure and check out the butterfly garden. It was great to watch... More 

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Petoskey, Michigan
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Pinckney Island is just a wonderful place to get away from it all and enjoy nature. It has great walking trails.that are easy for any walker. There are no hills or rough terrain to manage. It is nature at it's best. One might see alligators, birds of all kinds and flora abounds There is an outdoor butterfly garden with benches... More 

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St. Catharines, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

A well signed and marked out set of trails through beautiful country. We can't believe we hadn't done this years ago!

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Ipswich, Massachusetts
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Here is an outdoor wooded area you can walk in, sit and read a book and just enjoy being outside . We have walked and sat In our car with the windows open reading, eoying the fact we are not at home up north looking out at snow! The scenery is different enough with the water as well as palmettos... More 

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This nature preserve is best visited when the tide is in. You will see more interesting birds then. Ibis Pond can be loaded with Ibis and other birds when the pools are at least swampy. Great for families

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FALLS CHURCH
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We planned a half day hike and arrived about 11 a.m. Were surprised to see parking lot packed with cars. Did see quite a few people the first couple miles but the crowds fall off considerably after Ibis Pond loop. Several loop trails available around little ponds and out to points on the Intercoastal Waterway between the island and Hilton... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Have been here twice in two weeks. It is all free. Small parking area so need to get there early. Trails all come off the main walking path that is level sand can accommodate bikes also. There is no one there to direct you but there are trail maps available. Plan on spending at least two hours as many trails... More 

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