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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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A must see for nature lovers & photographers

We lugged our rented bikes here & were happy we did because you could walk a long way if you did not. To be fair, the bulls-eye here is Ibis Pond, 1.2 miles walk from the pkg lot... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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Fairfield, Connecticut
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Fairfield, Connecticut
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52 reviews 52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

We lugged our rented bikes here & were happy we did because you could walk a long way if you did not. To be fair, the bulls-eye here is Ibis Pond, 1.2 miles walk from the pkg lot, but there is a lot more to view. Ibis is THE place to concentrate on because this is really the rookery with... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We arrived with much anticipation - imagine a wildlife island preserve so close to Hilton Head. The 'press' sounded appealing; no water, no toilets so it MUST be rustic. Sigh. We got to walk down a gravel access road 8 abreast (yup, that wide). Even the side trails were wide and seemed to go nowhere. I think that we saw... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

A terrific area to bike or hike. A large area with a tremendous amount of bird activity, especially nesting at this time of the year.

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Jonesborough, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Lots of wildlife and relatively secluded if you bike or walk to the end of the island. We covered most of the island on bikes and saw hundreds of ibis, cranes, and many other birds, We also saw deer, crabs, an armadillo,a couple of snakes,and even a huge gator. If you are going to walk, plan on taking most of... More 

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Chandler, Arizona
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

I would NOT recommend this unless you are biking- they changed it from a driving to walking only attraction so it is literally 20-30 min of walking in between seeing anything-and there is no way you could walk around the whole loop now, as it was meant to be a driving (get in /out) for each sight; I saw many... More 

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Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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45 reviews 45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We had rainy weather when we biked this area, but we still saw and heard a lot of birds. You can see a lot of wildlife here, depending on the conditions, but ether way, the trails are nice to walk or bike.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Great place to step away from the busyness of Hilton Head Island. Neat experience to be able to see the ibis and egrets and other native creatures in their natural habitats. After driving out to Pinckney one evening, my husband and I returned for a run the next morning. Beautiful and peaceful. Be prepared, though, there are no restrooms and... More 

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Mars Hill, North Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

varied habitats, not too crowded, good nature walk. nice for biking, but a little rough on bikes with no shocks. The main path is a gravel road which is easy, but the side paths are grass with quite a few tree roots making them a little bumpy. If you are up for a bit of hiking, it would make a... More 

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Northville, Michigan
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

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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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

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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