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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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6:00 am - 9:00 pm
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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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Outstanding Shore-Birding

We have visited this refuge every May for the last ten years while in HHI and bring our bikes. IT's quite friendly for riding and viewing the myriad shore birds that nest there... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
Lance G
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Northville, Michigan
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Northville, Michigan
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

We have visited this refuge every May for the last ten years while in HHI and bring our bikes. IT's quite friendly for riding and viewing the myriad shore birds that nest there. Bring your binoculars and visit the various ponds and you'll observe shore bird nesting like you've never seen before. But keep an eye out for the gators!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Excellent birding with mild walking, spiked by plenty of gators sunning themselves. Easy drive from Beaufort and not a bad drive back to Charleston.

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

The reserve is a super place to walk or bike ride. On one occasion our adult son was posing for a photograph with alligator babies in the background, when the momma alligator suddenly thrashed her tail in the water scaring the bejesus out of us. There's armadillos and a great variety of foliage. Whether you walk or bike, the reserve... More 

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

If you just enjoy easy walks outdoors, through the pine forest, this is the perfect spot. There are plenty of service roads and easy, flat trails. We walked from the parking area to White Point and back, about 8.5 miles, in 4 hours. We packed in our lunch, which we enjoyed in solitude at White Point. There were other visitors... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

With parking areas thoughtfully provided both for cars and RVs this wildlife refuge offers a peaceful escape. Since considerable distances are involved to see everything, bringing your bike would be a good choice for those who don't want to hike long distances. A nice, smooth road covers the refuge and is accessible to bikes but motorized vehicles are not permitted... More 

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

This island is a great place to walk or bike. Open sunrise to sunset. There is no drinking water or facilities and pets are not permitted. If walking take bug spray. The sand gnats are numerous but cannot keep up with you on a bike. Usually there are maps at the parking lot. There are 14 miles of trails to... More 

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Chattanooga
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Put on your bug spray and sun screen and wear comfortable shoes. On the north end of the island. They take reservations for the tour.

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Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Have to be able to hike a bit or bring a bike to get to the best rookeries which are most active in April and May. Also some small garden areas with plants to attract bees and butterflies. Parking lot not patrolled, so don't leave any valuables in your car.

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Oakville
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a great place to spend a day but it really depends of the season to get any real wildlife viewing in. Don't even think about visiting unless you bring your bike and water.

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New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Walked the well marked trails of Pinckney in late spring last year. Was happy to be at such a peaceful spot. Signage helped me determine if I should walk the varied trails and also identify plants and animals of the waters and land. I spent an exciting 2 hrs. walking and left in need of a rest room! Guess that... More 

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