Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, Hilton Head

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.4/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web
A place of no motorized vehicles, few people, and thousands of birds, Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge covers an area of over 1,600 hectares (4,000 acres) between the mainland and Hilton Head Island. Located on land once managed as a private game preserve, this area includes four islands, only the largest of which is open to the public. Most of the refuge consists of tidal creeks and salt marshes, sheltering diverse plant and animal life that includes white ibis, herons, egrets, white-tailed deer, and alligators. To access the best spots for bird watching and photography, bring lots of drinking water and join one of the guides for an early morning hike around the refuge. Put Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge at the forefront of your travel plans using our Hilton Head vacation trip planner.
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  • A great place to visit - great trails and wildlife - birds and alligators. Be sure to take lots of water. 
  • Walked the nature trail. That limited how much we were able to cover. The marshes were busy with birds. Went as far as the ibis pond. Would have been great if bikes were available there for rent. This...  read more »
  • Great views of wildlife and tidal areas from kayaks. Walking and bike paths are available inside the refuge. Can be very buggy. 
  • It was sweet. Quiet. The off season. The best time to visit for this sort of reprieve. It was perfect, with my companions. Synergetic, a perfect time of the year for romance. The island and sparsely occupied beaches, and this one, the refuge, at sunset, caps the entire experience to perfection. Sprinkled with periodic bliss.
  • Watching the birds come to roost of an evening in the rookery not far from the entrance is amazing. There is also a walk Way Around The Rookery as well as all kinds of hidden paths that take you through the woods out to the surf. This Refuge has everything
  • Great wildlife park that is definitely a hotspot for birds. I have spotted an alligator snapper turtle in the past and plenty of deer. Biking is one of the best ways to cover a lot of the trails, but if you go walking and pay attention to the small beauty this place has to offer you won't be disappointed. Beautiful insects, flowers, lizards, birds and such. Bring water and prepare for mosquitoes when walking through the forest trails.
  • Pickney was beautiful. Full of wild life, especially birds. We say fiddler crabs, a bald eagle and an alligator. My fiancĂ© and I went here in March of 2016 and hiked half of it but I will say that after an hour and a half or so it feels like you have seen everything you can see. If you are a big nature lover, this place is for you.
  • We loved this refuge. Sweeping vistas and mossy forests. Nice, wide and flat walking trails. If you need a break from the traffic and shopping on Hilton Head, this is the place to go for some quiet time and natural beauty.
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