Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


Enjoy Your Visit!

Visitor Activities

Wildlife Viewing

There are wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities offered year-round at Pinckney Island NWR including wildlife viewing, photography, hiking, bicycling, fishing, and hunting. Learn more about these opportunities at our Visitor Activities page.

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Hunt Information

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Pinckney Island NWR offers an annual gun hunt for deer. A refuge hunt permit and State licenses are required for hunters 16 and over.

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Found a baby bird or injured wildlife?

The refuge is not equipped to take in or care for injured or orphaned animals. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources maintains a list of permitted wildlife rehabilitators that you may contact. South Carolina DNR is also who should be contacted for any nuisance wildlife issues, including aggressive alligators.

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Recent Sightings

eBird Trail Tracker

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Find out what birds are currently being seen at the refuge using Cornell Lab of Ornithology's eBird Trail Tracker.

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About the Complex

Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex

Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS