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Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Open Now: 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Beautiful Area

We saw this area on our way to Hilton Head Island and made sure to stop on our way back to... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
EileenStelzner
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Dundee, Florida
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Wonderful Refuge

Pinckney Island National refuge is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. Be aware that there is... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
williamosborne
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Jackson, Mississippi
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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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Pinckney Wildlife Refuge Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29926
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We saw this area on our way to Hilton Head Island and made sure to stop on our way back to Savannah. It was so beautiful and peaceful. We saw tons of squirrels and birds, but no other wildlife. It was a very relaxing adventure...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank EileenStelzner
Reviewed 6 days ago

Pinckney Island National refuge is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. Be aware that there is no drinking water in the refuge and there are no toilet facilities.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank williamosborne
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a large Preserve with white Ibis, herons, an eagle, deer and even a bobcat. It can take hours to see it all, but worth the time.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank gerard1320
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As you would expect here in the low country the trails are flat and easy to walk. The weather in the winter is perfect for a walk along the trails to enjoy the landscape and an endless number of birds and possibly other wildlife indigenous...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank RobertSofSC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved our visit to Pinckney Island NWR. We hiked out to Ibis Pond (about 2 miles round trip), where we saw three alligators and many, many types of birds. The weather was very pleasant this time of year (November). The hike to the pond...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Generals36
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A nice place to see the native birds and fauna. I forgot how much the tidal basins ebb and flow and how low the low country is.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank larryrneal2016
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had two very enjoyable hikes on Pinckney. It's easy to reach from the Hilton Head Bridge. Be prepared with excellent insect repellent and water. It's a great place to bird watch. We didn't see any alligators or mammals. The gravel and grass trails are...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Drew K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice walking paths with room for bicycles, scenic overviews at every turn, benches to sit and just watch the activity and great signs to explain what you are seeing. Afternoon well spent.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank rgquam
Reviewed November 5, 2018 via mobile

It was a cloudy day so we decided to take a walk through Pinckney Island. If you like taking a peaceful walk this is a great place. There is limited parking and no restrooms so be prepared.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Dean3839
Reviewed November 4, 2018

We spent 2 hours here enjoying the wetlands and peaceful environment. We enjoyed our outing but we're surprised that we saw very few birds or other creatures. Saw more ant hills and animal droppingsj but not what I expected. We did enjoy our time in...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Karen_1960
August 22, 2018|
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Response from joanmS8784VH | Reviewed this property |
My opinion is no. Much too busy of a roadway as you approach Pinckney. We loaded our bikes into our car and drove over. You may want to drive to Pinckney and check it out before you decide to bike that far.
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MissyC2012
March 11, 2018|
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Response from D9447PXjohns | 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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