Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, Hilton Head

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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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  • Although we've been visiting Hilton Head Island for many years, this was the first time we decided to check out Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. We took a short bike ride along the paved road...  more »
  • If you like birds going here is well worth the trip the bird Island I think they called you could walk all the way around it and see lots there was also supposed to be alligators in there but I did no...  more »
  • We booked a guide through the Coastal Discovery Museum, named Carlos Chacon, and he led us through a wonderful 2 hour visit to the Pinckney Island refuge. Located just off route 278,the reserve includ...  more »
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  • A piece of heaven on earth! It was a wonderful place to walk around on. A fantastic place to view wildlife. We saw a snowy egret rookery, the alligators waiting for the eggs to fall, many different types of waterfowl. It was like parting a curtain to a time long long ago. I can't recommend this place enough! We went back for a second visit at sunrise and were not disappointed. A fantastic experience!
  • Amazing trails! Very good for walking, pushing a stroller/wheelchair. Leaving the trail to wander in the salt flats is at your own risk. Take plenty of water and salty snacks, limited shade. Plan on at least two hours.
  • Great place to walk or bike. There are a lot of unique creatures like crabs, cranes, and sometimes a gator or two. There is a viewing area a mile down the trail which was neat. You can get a closer look at some of the unique birds. Overall great place to walk and bike around
  • So many beautiful birds. Amazing rookeries. Bring lots of water , sunscreen and bug spray. Lots of walking or ride your bike.
  • Beautiful natural protected refuge. Take a bike. Unless your a mid level hiker. No water or facilities of any kind.