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. A visit to Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Hilton Head trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Wanted to do some exploring while on the island, what a great place to do that!! Bring comfortable shoes because there is lots of walking and not on paved roads. no bathrooms or water so bring bottles...  more »
  • I have been here several times and always look forward to coming back. Easy walking, beautiful scenery and safe. We have seen an alligator, armadillo, turtles and lots of birds.  more »
  • We walked Pinckney twice. The first time we walked out and circle Star Pond. The grass paths are well maintained. We saw a hundred (or more) ibis at Ibis Pond both times we walked. The second time we ...  more »
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