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Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

#6 of 117 things to do in Hilton Head Features Animals
Pinckney Wildlife Refuge Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29926
+1 912-652-4415
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Local treasure

This Hilton Head treasure features the wonders of the area. From marshes to wildlife, it is all... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
DeWitt, Michigan
Lots of birds to see

We went during the afternoon. It was quite sunny not much shade. The kids were complaining it was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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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  • Very good31%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Pinckney Wildlife Refuge Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29926
+1 912-652-4415
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This Hilton Head treasure features the wonders of the area. From marshes to wildlife, it is all here. We took a guided tour with other locals and tourists. We enjoyed viewing local birds, fire ants (be careful!), and alligators. This is not to be missed!!!

Thank KLH6519
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went during the afternoon. It was quite sunny not much shade. The kids were complaining it was too hot. I didn't mind it. If you go with a group who doesn't like it hot probably best to go in the morning. Tons of birds....More

Thank mark5545768
Reviewed 1 week ago

we took a half day trip, bug spray, and our walking shoes end went to Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge to enjoy the nature, and view birds in their natural habitat. loved it!

Thank Alexandra B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Children and adults alike will enjoy this museum. One building has historical displays ad the other has exhibits of local small wildlife.

Thank Barbara M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here hoping to see some wildlife. It's a nice place to walk but i recommend going in the morning. We saw lots of birds and little fiddler crabs but it's really hot and muggy in the afternoon right now. The marshes are interesting...More

Thank JackieWheel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wanted to get out away from the beach for a bit and try to see some wildlife (read: alligators) so we went for a short hike. Unfortunately, we didn't get very far as it poured down rain, interrupting our walk. That said, we did make...More

Thank EffinIllini
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a gem of a place. Peaceful, beautiful and exciting! There are walking trails that take you through the area where alligators, babies and mommas, swim around the lagoons. There are flowers and plants and trees and a butterfly garden and birds and birds...More

Thank Ennalls
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We only visited the first section of the refuge, with a walk back to the first large bird pond. It is interesting to see all the bird varieties at the pond, but it is a hike without much too look at. Bring a hat and...More

Thank TimW-FL
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a chance to visit on a morning before conference sessions began that afternoon; therefore, could only do the walk around the Ibis Pond which is rookery. Awesome! So many different species of birds. Roadway is gravel (no driving beyond parking area) so good for...More

Thank mehrobinson
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My kids love birds and we saw a ton of birds at the pond. It is easily walkable and a great place for nature lovers. We can't wait to go back!

Thank Shekja
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Regis S
14 June 2017|
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14 June 2017|
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Response from bruwest | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely. I would recommend bringing your bike. It's a gravel/dirt path/road that is not hard at all to bike on.
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Response from ronnyber | Reviewed this property |
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