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Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

Packing a suitcase and heading to Hilton Head Island in the name of adventure is always an exciting opportunity. While you’re likely to spend ample time on the sand and under the sun while visiting this inviting vacation destination, it’s also a place packed with opportunity for those who have a passion for wildlife and exploring the great outdoors. When you’re looking for a place that’s scenic and brimming over with beautiful sights designed by nature, making your way to Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge is a must.

A Place to Indulge a Passion for Nature

The Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge is situated in Beaufort County and is located between Hilton Head Island and the mainland. In total, this refuge encompasses more than 4,000 acres of land and provides a safe haven for all types of ecosystems and species of plants and animals to thrive. The refuge is open to the public daily for enjoying between 6:00 am and 9:00 pm. Many visitors head this way to make the most of wildlife photography opportunities, but it’s just as suitable of a destination when you’re looking to enjoy time hiking or fishing.

Activities to enjoy at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

Visitors who can’t wait to lace up their boots and hit the hiking trails will enjoy time on the 2-mile pathway in the refuge that leads to Ibis Pond. This is a popular route for photographers looking to capture shorebirds on film, while stops at places like White Point along the way offer up unobstructed low country views. If you’re here to enjoy wildlife watching, keep your eyes peeled for everything from herons and white-tailed deer to bobcats and even American alligators. While the official refuge bird list hosts over 250 species of feathered friends calling this refuge home, migration patterns mean that you’re in for a diverse lineup of sightings depending on the time of year you arrive. In addition to wildlife watching and photography, the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge is a popular place for visitors to take part in educational programs including guided hikes upon request.

Enjoy Your Hilton Head Journey

No matter when you arrive for a Hilton Head Island vacation, the team at Hilton Head Properties is here to handle your accommodations with ease. Reach out today to learn more about our many vacation rental options across the region and how we can help you start planning your next exciting trip this way!
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