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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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A walk in the woods...

A great find, one that is free to enjoy with the family anytime. We had some nice views of nature in the area, and my kids loved the butterfly enclosure. The volunteer staff... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Sardinia, New York
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Sardinia, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

A great find, one that is free to enjoy with the family anytime. We had some nice views of nature in the area, and my kids loved the butterfly enclosure. The volunteer staff there were great, and extremely knowledgable. We made sure to buy some HH items there and support the museum and grounds. Only thing I can recommend is... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This was our fourth visit to Pinckney Island and the best yet. So many Ibis nesting with babies. The place was a hive of activity. We even saw a baby gator. It's a long walk in, but the first observation pond is worth it.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

There are two ways to travel this island, by foot and by bike. There are bike tours of the island or you can do it by yourself. If you get a bike do not get a ten speed, use a beach bike. You are stopping frequently and it is much easier to do this with a cruiser. Lots of wildlife:... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Saw some great views and experienced coastal flora and fauna. Good respite from the hustle and bustle of the beach life. Recommend going early in the morning.

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Heredia, Heredia, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

If you are a birdwatcher oor even if you are not, probably the great biodiversity at this park will make you think twice and get some binoculares and enjoy this place and bird species. Trails are easy to walk through open and forested áreas.

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Berwyn, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Pinckney Island has a easy to use double boat ramp with fishing pier. It's a straight launch, and tires grip well on the ramp. We launched our kayaks at this public boat ramp and paddled near the shores of the island. Be mindful of the tides and the boats on the ICW

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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I went on a walk/jog at Pinckney Island and was totally flabergasted. If you like nature make sure you venture off the gravel road. I saw gators, deer and tons of birds. This is a peaceful place to collect your thoughts, enjoy nature and catch some amazing views. If you like outdoors and don't mind humidity mark this island as... More 

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Cornelius, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We visited Pinckney Island twice during our stay in Hilton Head. As previous posters have mentioned, there are no restrooms on the island. It's best to visit the island on an overcast morning (as the summer sun, heat, humidity can get to you and there are not many shaded areas) or late afternoon. Trails are large enough for bikers and... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

The refuge is a wonderful way to get acquainted with the salt water marshes and animals inhabiting them. The trail through the island must be walked and there are no restrooms or water available. Signage throughout provide educational information about the flora and fauna of the island. Probably would appeal more to older children than to the young ones. We... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

A friend who lives in Bluffton took us on a morning hike in the wildlife refuge. All of the heron, ibis, and egrets were nesting in the trees above the ponds. It was very exciting to see 3 young alligators swimming and sunning themselves. We went in the morning because it is fairly warm later in the day. Be sure... More 

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Additional Information about Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

Address: Pinckney Wildlife Refuge Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29926
Phone Number: 912-652-4415
Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Hilton Head
Open Hours:
Sunday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm

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