Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge
4.5
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6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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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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David R
10 contributions
Family
Pinckney Island was amazing. My wife, son, and a biked about 8 miles through several of the trails and saw so much wildlife and beautiful scenery. We saw deer, birds, crab, and an alligator. I’d definitely recommend bringing bikes to efficiently view the island. It is completely flat, and the trails are well-maintained, so it should be no trouble for someone who doesn’t regularly ride bikes.
Written July 5, 2022
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travel4funx6
Midwesterner9 contributions
This was a nice morning spent enjoying nature. We spent about 2 hours here walking the trails and seeing the Ibis rookery. Would be a great place to bike ride as well.
Written June 10, 2022
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Bob S
Cincinnati, OH2,454 contributions
A wildlife refuge that is open to the public. No facilities so come prepared. Parking is shaded but a lot of the refuge is in the open so spring and fall are the best times to visit. Rough walking and hiking trails. We went on an afternoon in mid May and didn't see much wildlife.
Written May 18, 2022
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Constance K
Waterford, MI10 contributions
Very rugged and primitive wildlife refuge. Such a diversity of fauna, birds and animals. No picnicking allowed.
Written May 13, 2022
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jasim52
West Chester, PA319 contributions
It was a long walk with no shade, so be prepared with water and hats, but it was well worth the trip. We circled around the rookery which is currently full of moms, dads and chicks. what a sight o see. The trees were full of beautiful white feathers, And of course, an alligator or two.
Written May 2, 2022
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Pam R
14 contributions
Couples
Great place to see birds We walked to 4 of the ponds. The first has a rookery with herons and egrets nesting. Great place for photos and birders. We also saw a ribbon snake
Written April 17, 2022
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Dan W
Cape Girardeau, MO54 contributions
We went to Pinckney Island not knowing what to expect. It is composed of 1 parking area and a number of trails. Our favorite spot was Ibis Pond, which was full of.....Ibis! They were nesting and showing off in the spring and it was phenomenal. It looked just like something you'd see on National Geographic. We walked about 4 miles and wish we'd had more time to explore.
Written April 15, 2022
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Alberta S
Washington DC, DC775 contributions
More for solitude in the winer. Actually prefer it in summer with all the birds, butterflies and flowers, gators. It is a great place to bike ride.
Written April 11, 2022
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Thon
Ottawa, Canada694 contributions
We've been here twice before when staying on Hilton Head. This year we went twice - once we walked and once we biked. Both were great days. Lots of wildlife.
Written March 28, 2022
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urbanguy
Richmond, VA4,440 contributions
Pinckney Island is the largest of the four islands that make up the refuge. Wildlife viewing is, as expected, very seasonal.

Their brochure says there are over 14 miles of trails open to hiking and biking. Because there is essentially no elevation gain, I would suggest the activity is actually "easy" walking, rather than hiking. The trails range from 1.2 miles to 7.8 miles round-trip. I think it would be great to bike the entire refuge.
Written March 24, 2022
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Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge (Hilton Head) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

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Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge is open:
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