Wildlife Observation and Photography
Studying, viewing and photographing the island's wildlife and scenery are popular activities throughout the year. Over fourteen miles of trails are open to hiking and bicycling, however, no motorized vehicles are allowed north of the public parking lot. Wildlife viewing is best during the spring and fall months when migrations are at their peak.
Environmental Education and Interpretation
Environmental education programs and interpretive tours are available for school, civic and conservation groups by appointment only. These tours are generally given by trained refuge volunteers and therefore require a minimum of two-weeks notice. Interested parties should also be prepared to have alternative, acceptable tour dates. For further information or to schedule a program or tour, please contact the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex headquarters at (912) 652-4415.
Guided interpretive tours for individuals and families can be arranged through our special use permit holders (fees may apply). These are private, commercial or non-profit organizations that maintain a permit with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in order to conduct business on the refuge. Click here for a list of authorized interpretive tour guides.
Hunting and Fishing
Each year the refuge holds a one-day quota deer hunt to ensure that population numbers remain in balance with the surrounding habitat. Applications for this hunt must be received at the Savannah Coastal Refuges headquarters office by August 31. Click here to download hunt brochure and application.
Fishing is prohibited from the land portions of the refuge, however saltwater fishing from boats only is allowed in the surrounding waters of Skull and Mackay Creek. Boats may access these areas from the public boat ramp located off U.S. Hwy. 278 across from the refuge entrance and are not allowed to come ashore or moor their boats at any other point on Pinckney Island. Shellfishing is also allowed in designated areas. Consult refuge brochures for regulations.