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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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Nice place for a bike ride!

Pinckney Island is a great place for a bike ride when visiting Hilton Head as there are several miles of gravels roads and no vehicle traffic on the island. There are also many... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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8 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The only animals we saw w r really sand crabs. This is supposed to be a bird santuary. And you are walking a lot on rushes. Thank God.no snakes were seen.

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Waldorf, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Very beautiful birds and animals. Wear sneakers and bring lots of water. No bathrooms on site so make sure you use the restroom before going.

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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Pinckney Island is a great place for a bike ride when visiting Hilton Head as there are several miles of gravels roads and no vehicle traffic on the island. There are also many miles of grass paths that are accessible with a mountain bike. I have explored the entire island - end to end - on a mountain bike and... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Do yourself a favor and take the time to visit this Refuge. The birds are beautiful so many of them and there is a butterfly garden. Wear sneakers

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Washington, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We loved our time! We cut our hike short due to the heat. Would of loved to see more. What we saw was great...lots of birds, butterflies, and huge spider webs.

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Georgetown, Grand Cayman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I was visiting Hilton Head and I was worshipping the sun until I became Larry the Lobster. Now what? Well I visited Pickney Wildlife refuse. OMG it is a must see. I found the walk and trails flat and easy to handle. I was hoping to see alligators but did not. The bird life is incredible. A lot of butterflies.... More 

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Coshocton, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge has been managed as a National Wildlife Refuge since 1975 and was a game preserve for nearly forty years prior to that time. As such, it has remained relatively unmolested for a significant period, and it allows you to immerse yourself in settings of the low country wilderness. The refuge is over 4,000 acres and... More 

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

My small family went on a tour through the coastal discovery museum and explored Ibis pond. Our tourkind was very kind and knowledgeable. We saw all sorts of animals while we were there! I'm glad we had a guide because she pointed out a lot of hidden treasures we would've missed! My daughter's favorite were the baby gators sunbathing near... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I visited Pickney for a guided tour of Ibis Pond through the Coastal Discovery Museum. We saw lots of banana spiders, nesting ibis, as well as four baby gators! It was a very educational and interesting tour. The refuge was well maintained thanks to the help of volunteers. A great place for walking, kayaking and biking.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We did this early one morning and didn't have a whole lot of time, but we enjoyed the walk and the wildlife. We saw many birds, though I'm not enough of a birder to have any clue what kind of birds we were looking at. But the really cool thing we saw was small crabs -- we think they were... More 

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