Plan Your Visit


Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge provides numerous wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities to thousands of visitors every year.


Know Before You Go

  • The refuge is open from sunrise to sunset daily; no overnight use is allowed. The entrance gate is scheduled to automatically close approximately 30 minutes after sunset.
  • There is no vehicle access into the refuge, other than to the parking area about 1/4 mile from the entrance. From there, visitors must walk or bicycle only. Trail guides are available at the trail head adjacent to the parking area.
  • The main trail that runs through the refuge is gravel. All other trails are wide grass paths, large enough to drive refuge vehicles through when necessary, and are kept fairly well-mowed through the year.
  • Alligators may be encountered anywhere on the refuge, especially near ponds; it is potentially dangerous (and a violation of state and federal law) to feed or harass this reptile in any way.
  • Biting insects, including mosquitos, gnats, and flies, may be prevalent during spring and summer months; be sure to bring bug spray.
  • Overgrowth on trails may conceal snakes, poison ivy, or stinging insects.
  • Drinking water and restrooms are not available on the refuge.
  • There are no shelters for visitor protection from the sun or inclement weather.
  • Hikers are urged to stay on designated trails at all times.
  • No off-road or off-trail biking is permitted.
  • Tell a friend or relative where you are going and when to expect your return.

Points of Interest

  • Explore over 14 miles of hiking and bicycling trails.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for a variety of wading and shorebirds in the salt marsh bordering the entrance causeway.
  • Brightly colored painted buntings are fairly easy to spot from spring through fall, especially along the entrance causeway, and along forest edges.
  • Nesting is in full-swing at Ibis Pond during the spring and early summer; large numbers of ibis, egrets, herons, and other wading birds can be seen.
  • For visitors who can make the long trek to White Point (7.8 miles round-trip), a small, primitive beach and breathtaking views await!