In addition to protecting birds and other native wildlife from disturbance, the "no dogs" policy is also in place to protect your pup. The refuge is full of hidden dangers big (American alligators) and small (LOTS of ticks!). So please, while visiting this special place, be sure to do your part to protect wildlife, your pet, and your wallet (violators of this regulation will be ticketed and fined) by leaving all pets at home.
National wildlife refuges offer us all a chance to unplug from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with our natural surroundings. Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge offers a variety of opportunities to explore and enjoy the great outdoors from sunrise to sunset. You can hike, bicycle, observe wildlife, take pictures, go saltwater fishing and, during the season, hunt white-tailed deer.
Other Facilities in the Complex
Pinckney Island NWR is one of seven refuges administered by the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex which is headquartered at the Savannah NWR Visitor Center in Hardeeville, South Carolina.
Pinckney Island NWR is a back-barrier island situated between Hilton Head Island and the South Carolina mainland. The vehicle entrance is located on U.S. 278 between the two bridges that connect Hilton Head Island to the mainland.
From I-95: Take SC Exit 8 east towards Hilton Head Island approximately 16 miles to the entrance gate on the left.
From Hilton Head Island: Exit the island via US 278 West, and the refuge entrance will be on your right in approximately 1/2 mile.