Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, Hilton Head

#5 of 21 in Parks in Hilton Head
Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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. Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , international travel planner Edition.
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  • Pinckney Island is a must see on each visit to Hilton Head. There are multiple options for hiking. You can spend just a couple of hours or an entire day. So far we have been twice. Each time we saw.....  more »
  • On our way to explore Bluffton, we saw the sign and decided to stop. So glad we did. Very relaxing place, even with many visitors. We walked the short round trip to Ibis Pond, enjoyed the...  more »
  • National Preserve. No telling what you may see on any given day, in the wildlife department. The overview of marshland is worth seeing. No fees.Traffic very bad coming out. Do not attempt during rush hours!!
  • Very nice nature area....check it out!

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