Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, Hilton Head

4.4
#5 of 23 in Parks in Hilton Head
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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  • We spend several hours here, enjoying the alligators, turtles, ibis and other interesting birds. Bring water and food, stay on the trails and be aware there are no restrooms available. Fantastic oppor...  more »
  • Beautiful wildlife preserve with many walking trails, salt marshes, birds, and alligators.Everything is well marked and easy to find. I was there when the rookery was filled with egrets, ducks, and he...  more »

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