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Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Pinckney Wildlife Refuge Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29926
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+1 912-652-4415
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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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Very nice place to go and wonder around enjoying the sites, we saw HUGE alligator, a very good outside activity

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very nice place to go and wonder around enjoying the sites, we saw HUGE alligator, a very good outside activity

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Thank Terry L
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Took my 4 year old and my 6 year old here and it was a lot of fun for them. We saw lots of birds and some deer and were largely by ourselves or at least very distant from others and this was supposedly a 'busy' day.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove there one day and hiked around on our own. Fun, but did not know much about the history of the island or the ecosystem. Signed up for a free tour the next week and learned so much from our guide, David. Saw so many different kinds of birds and alligators as he led us around the Ibis pond.

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Thank nancyr254
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Gorgeous nature preserve. A world away from the world. Even got to see an Eagle fly over. Great kayaking also.

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Thank Fatima I
DuBois, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pinckney is a nice winter and spring activity when it is not too hot or buggy. No water or restrooms on the premises. I saw plenty of egrets, a flock of ibises, an eagle, alligator and many other birds on the ibis pond. Can't wait to visit again!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Convenient location to take a stroll and see wildlife and tidal pools. Easy walking, obviously flat, easy parking, no admission.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Participated in the guided walking tour sponsored by the Coastal Discovery Museum. It was well worth having the guide, though there are a number of interpretive signs along the way, explaining what you see if you're on your own. Be aware that there are no improvements at the refuge, such as bathrooms or water fountains.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A nice walk through some interesting environs. Be sure to get the description of what you could see from your hotel. Check out the side trails as well.

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Newark, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was a nice place to visit for a casual walk. Really did not see anything that anything different from any salt marsh. It was impressive to hear the sounds of nature when approaching and standing around ibis pond.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

We visited off-season and late in the afternoon so we did not see much wildlife. The trail is small stones and flat. If you plan to ride through the preserve, take a mountain bike or hybrid and prepare to be bounced around a lot. The path looks flat and smooth, but it is more of a wash board it you... More 

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