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Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Pinckney Wildlife Refuge Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29926
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+1 912-652-4415
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06:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 21:00
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Encompassing four islands and 4,000 acres, the refuge aims to preserve and...

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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early bird gets the pictures

Try to get to the island around 7:30 In my opinion the best time for pictures. Ibis pond is a great walk with lots of wildlife. If you just want to take a walk and get some... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Try to get to the island around 7:30 In my opinion the best time for pictures. Ibis pond is a great walk with lots of wildlife. If you just want to take a walk and get some exercise this is the place. People on the trails are friendly and will help you with what you are looking for.

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McMurray, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A must see! Gravel walk to Ibis Island. Fantastic sight! Hundreds of wading birds seen close up. (not too close: there is an aligator there). Mid-may there were many, many nests with hatchlings.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I went to Pinckney with my sisters and partner for a bit of a walk and some wildlife watching. It was nesting season for the birds, so we got to see tons of baby sea birds!! I would recommend bringing binoculars to best see the birds. A short walk (a little less than a mile) to Ibis Island which has... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I went there twice and saw a great deal of birds and some snakes (watch out!),. Tip: apply some insect repellent especially if you are a mosquito magnet like me.

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1 Thank siberiany
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited in May to observe Ibis Pond rookery. Incredible. Warning though: do not venture too close to pond...alligator darted away from us into pond! Worth the trip for the bird photos. Visited in fall last year and butterfly garden was full of butterflies! Beautiful!

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Redmond, WA, USA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here (thankfully it is free) because their website looked interesting. What they neglected to mention is that there is nothing to see if you aren't a walker. My wife has an artificial hip and can walk a fair distance but the shortest trail was more than 2 miles. The longest more than seven. If you can do that,... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great birding habitat. Easy hiking on level ground with several miles of trails. About 1/2 mile in there was a nesting area on a pond. We saw ibises, wood storks, herons, and several kinds of egrets - many on nests with young. Also saw a few gators and turtles. Definitely worth visiting if you are in the area. Don't forget... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here on a weekday about mid-day and we nearly had the place to ourselves. Parking area is very limited. Great place for hikes and biking. Beware of poison oak if you wander off trails as it is growing everywhere!

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Richmond, Virginia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you visit HHI in the spring, you must go to Pinckney Island. There are guided tours with and without bicycles, but you can do it well on your own. Our favorite spot on the island is Ibis Pond. During this time of year it is covered with all the local birds and their recent offspring. The sight of this... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great wildlife to see. Gators, birds foliage flowers. Great for bike riding and it's free to park and walk or bike for miles.

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