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Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Pinckney Wildlife Refuge Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29926
+1 912-652-4415
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Only bike or walking friendly

Park was pretty to drive through but it doesn't go anywhere but to a parking lot that was full... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
G S
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Jacksonville, Florida
Great walking experience

This is a beautiful area, but be ready for LOTS of walking! To get to the first pond was almost a... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
annette t
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Walthourville, Georgia
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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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  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Pinckney Wildlife Refuge Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29926
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Park was pretty to drive through but it doesn't go anywhere but to a parking lot that was full. You can walk/hike or bike from that point so we were disappointed there was not more to see. Extremely hot day.

Thank G S
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is a beautiful area, but be ready for LOTS of walking! To get to the first pond was almost a mile walk so young children may not be able to make it the whole island walking. It’s definitely worth the stop as it’s very...More

Thank annette t
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is unbelievably beautiful! Come prepared with plenty of drinking water on those hot days and allow yourself plenty of time to explore. If possible bring bikes as it lends itself perfect for exploring by bicycles!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely place for a day hike. If you get an Uber or a Taxi here, though, make a reservation for a pickup as well, because getting back will not be possible if you just call for one from the place.

Thank Sarah S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoy nature with a walk or a bike ride. This has been preserved from development for future generations. Enjoy a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is just a great place to go for a quire nature walk, or a nice bike ride through a quite nature preserve. Be sure to stop atIris Pond for pictures and viewing the Egrets nesting. Bike trails are flat and very accommodating.

Thank WeRretired
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our second visit to Pinckney and it's a great place to enjoy the outdoors. Sandwiched between the mainland and Hilton Head is a great place to enjoy some of the Low Country wildlife. We took our bikes and rode on some of the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walked these trails early one morning. Lots of birdlife, even had an up-close encounter with a bald eagle.

Thank collins d
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Pinckney Island offers a great getaway for hiking, biking. birding, or just communing witth nature of the Carolina Low Country. It's free and I have never seen it crowded The quiet away from the highway, with just the bird and animal sounds is magnificent Bring...More

Thank Willard B
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Reviewed July 12, 2018 via mobile

Whether you’re walking or riding bikes, you’ll see beautiful local birds in their habitat. Wear sneakers or good walking shoes, definitely need sunscreen and, depending on the time of year, bug spray. Enjoy miles of paths, ponds, and views. Depending on your timing you may...More

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MissyC2012
March 11, 2018|
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Response from John S | Reviewed this property |
Most of the trails start 1/2 mile from the parking area and even the shortest trail is 1.2 miles round trip. It seems to me that a knee scooter might be tough because even for bicycles they suggest : "Bicyclists should be... More
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vairolaw
August 29, 2017|
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Response from vairolaw | Reviewed this property |
Actually I googled and found the following. There are free assessability tours with a docent on Tuesday mornings at pickney island. Here is the link. Google coastalrefuges and pickney island. Glad I found out about this... More
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Regis S
June 14, 2017|
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Response from rbb132 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, and I recommend it, because it is a long, long way to and from the parking area across the island. You could potentially cover several MILES. Just be aware that the access road is loose gravel. It's easy to pedal a bike... More
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