Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, Hilton Head
(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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TripAdvisor
  • Great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the island. Good opportunity for a nature walk. Saw a huge gator but not as many birds as we hoped. Should have a restroom there. 
  • We've been here many times over the last 10 years. Seen a lot of beautiful birds. Always have enjoyed the walk, and hope to one day bring a bike. But at the end of the walk, it's a mad dash to the nea...  more »
  • I enjoy going to Pinckney island at least once a month. Unbelievable abundance of wildlife. Although I love the game of golf. I will attest that Pinckney island is a true walk that is undisturbed. The...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Surprisingly few other people. The first mile or two of the trail isn't amazing, so consider setting aside more time or bringing a bike to explore farther into the area.
  • 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
  • There were many opportunities for walking and biking. Many types of birds were on the island in its various ponds, as well as a few alligators.
  • 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.