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Pinckney Island
National Wildlife Refuge

Photo collage of a white ibis perched in a tree, a group of bicyclers touring the refuge and a view of White Point.
Interior Island located between the mainland and
Hilton Head Island, SC
Beaufort County, SC   
E-mail: savannahcoastal@fws.gov
Phone Number: (843) 784-2468
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With over fourteen miles of trails open to hiking and bicycling, studying, viewing and photographing Pinckney Island's wildlife and scenery are popular activities throughout t
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Structured educational programs are available for schools, universities, and other groups on a limited basis. Call or write the Savannah Coastal Refuges complex headquarters in Savanah, Georgia for additional information.

Saltwater fishing is permitted from boats only. Access to refuge waterways can be obtained from Haigh Landing, a public boat ramp located on Pinckney Island, directly across U.S Hwy. 278 from the refuge's main entrance.

When necessary for management purposes, a deer hunt is held on Pinckney Island. For hunt dates and regulations, contact the Savannah Coastal Refuges complex headquarters in Savannah, Georgia.

There is currently no visitor center or on-site staff on Pinckney Island, however an interpretive kiosk is located in the parking area which contains information on the types of wildlife and habitat that may be seen on the refuge. There are also seven interpretive exhibits located along the first mile of the main trail which help visitors understand what they're seeing as they travel through the refuge. Pinckney Island trail guides are available at the main trailhead, just off of the parking area.

Wildlife Observation
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. No motorized vehicles are allowed north of the public parking area.

Pinckney Island NWR is open to the public daily, from dawn to dusk (year-round; check entrance gate for specific gate times) . Pinckey Island is the only one of the five islands and numerous small hammocks that make up the refuge that is open to the public. Visitors should be advised that there is no on-site staff or facilities (visitor center, restrooms, etc) on the refuge.

Entrance Fees
no entrance fee is charged

Use Fees
Non-quota hunts = no fee Quota hunts = $12.50 permit fee (if selected); no application fee
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