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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
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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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Interesting place for nature lovers

My wife and I visited in early August on a hot day. We walked the path to Ibis Pond. Lots and lots of Ibis birds in the trees. We got lucky and saw a young alligator - maybe 3 ft... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Sam C
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My wife and I visited in early August on a hot day. We walked the path to Ibis Pond. Lots and lots of Ibis birds in the trees. We got lucky and saw a young alligator - maybe 3 ft long. Bring water as there is no water or facilities. It was cloudy so we were hot but not miserable.... More 

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Morrow, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's amazing how much hiking we can do as a family now with Pokemon Go and this nature preserve seems to be loaded with these little critters to keep the kids engaged and hiking! We visited around sunset and the scenery was gorgeous. Bring your camera and lots of water to drink and hit the bathrooms before you visit.

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Thank TimMcG203
Waynesboro, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

An enjoyable couple hours of walking, bird watching and spending some quality time . Would be great in the spring or fall.

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Lyon, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent à half day in the wildlife refuge. We did à very nice and long trip by foot. We saw many wildlife including the White ibis Who is nesting on the place. We saw Other nice birds. I recommend to do it early in the morning.

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Thank Exulans
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Love this location for a family bike ride. We should have brought more water, it was hot. Well worth the trip.

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Thank Jason T
North Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This attraction is well maintained and a great way to get away from the crowds and the busyness of Hilton Head. But, with no amenities, and lots of walking, bring water and decent footwear.

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Thank danyluk6
Forest Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My mom and I did a short walk to the first pond and that is all she could take. We went in the AM before thw worst heat of the day too. The walk is beautiful! I agree next time I will bike the island or go at 6AM for the walk. Also, we applied bug spray and sunscreen before... More 

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Thank Gvelvet
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walking through the Pinckney Isand National Wildlife Refuge was a great experience for myself and my grandchildren.

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Thank drdjohnn
Pittsburgh Pa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was quite close to our hotel so we visited for a short time during our stay. Mostly we wanted to go to beach. If you wish to watch birds this is a great place.

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Thank GigiBean_12
Bluffton, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wear good walking shoes and bring a camera! This is an unreal experience in nature and going back in time - flora and fauna abound (bug spray!!) and the pictures will make you day complete. Pack a lunch and lots of water - great vistas to enjoy while you eat with nature! Give it a try!

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