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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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Nature Lovers Paradise

Tricky getting to this spot from the HHI bridge, you can easily miss the turn if you are not paying attention. You will need to do some walking in order to see much of this place... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Ronnie B
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Durham, North Carolina
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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Tricky getting to this spot from the HHI bridge, you can easily miss the turn if you are not paying attention. You will need to do some walking in order to see much of this place. About the only amenity is a parking spot; no restrooms, etc.

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This area is usually quite and unpopulated. I have never been in high tourist season though. I've taken guided tours and gone biking by myself. Accessible to water and marshes. Great for bird watching.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Not much to do here... Wouldn't recommend unless you like to hike the trails. We went around 3p, only saw various small crabs running along the trails. No other wild life at that time. No cost to access..

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You feel very deserted. We took a hike one evening and looped around past the white ibis pond. It was pretty amazing to see all of them in the treetops. Very fun and beautiful. I wish they had vending, facilities on the island.

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Thank KimCarlKids
Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We only took a short drive into the park on a rainy day to check it out. I would defiantly return for some hiking or biking. It looks amazing.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Want to experience the beauty of nature along coastal Carolina? Head here! Lovely woodland walks and beautiful beaches. Great for birdwatchers, too!

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Aiken, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful park with lots of trails. Be sure to walk the trails close to the water, lots of wild live.

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Pickerington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a cool park to take a nature walk. Just be prepared, there are no bathrooms, and no water. Come prepared, because it is a hike to get to the sites. You get to see wildlife in their natural habitats which is really cool, but it was a lot of walking for little kids. And with no bathroom anywhere... More 

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Gloucester City, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I spent almost four hours walking around the refuge in the morning. The walk to Ibis Pond is breathtaking, and the birds at the pond are captivating to watch. You'll see the majority of people between the parking lot and Ibis Pond (granted that still isn't that many people). Continuing to walk along the main road, you'll see ponds and... More 

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Denville, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had never been to the Pinckney Wildlife Refuge, but timing is everything. In June and July the Ibis arrive in a small pond area by the hundreds (thousands?) to have their young. We had never seen such a concentration of these birds. What a treat! There are hiking trails and, of course, lots of bird-life besides ibis. Being a... More 

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