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Visitors exploring the pollinator garden at Pinckney Island NWR.

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.


A number of wildlife-dependent recreational activities are available to refuge visitors year-round including hiking, bicycling, wildlife observation and photography, fishing, and hunting during specified seasons. 

Related Documents

Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge Trail Map

Trail map of Pinckney Island NWR

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 National Wildlife Refuge
C/O Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex694 Beech Hill LaneHardeeville,SC29927

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.

Driving Directions

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. 

Refuge Hours
Sunrise - Sunset