Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

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A day hike on a coastal island surrounded by salt marshes where large alligators loll and dolphins play offshore. Two-thirds of Pinckney Island’s 4,000 acres are made up of salt marsh. Higher ground at the refuge is popular with breeding wading birds. The refuge features all three of South Carolina’s palmetto species and longleaf, slash, and loblolly pines. Other trees include live oaks, sweet gums, red maples, sycamores, and hickories. In spring, Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge may be the best-smelling place on earth. The scent is something like roses, something like honeysuckle, and something like magnolia.
Hiking South Carolina

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Hiking South Carolina

by John Clark & John Dantzler (Falcon Guides)

A day hike on a coastal island surrounded by salt marshes where large alligators loll and dolphins play offshore. Two-thirds of Pinckney Island’s 4,000 acres are made up of salt marsh. Higher ground at the refuge is popular with breeding wading birds.

The refuge features all three of South Carolina’s palmetto species and longleaf, slash, and loblolly pines. Other trees include live oaks, sweet gums, red maples, sycamores, and hickories. In spring, Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge may be the best-smelling place on earth. The scent is something like roses, something like honeysuckle, and something like magnolia.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hilton Head Island
Distance: 7
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Fall, winter, and spring
Local Contacts: Land Resources Division, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, 2221 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205; (803) 734-9108
Local Maps: Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge brochure; Bluffton, Spring Island, and Parris Island USGS quads
Driving Directions: Directions to Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

Recent Trail Reviews

8/30/2008
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Gorgous views!!! Wildlife was slim today due to the 94* weather. The trails wind through shade and sun, giving relief from the elements. It also has quite a nice breeze and the wind smells and tastes of salt. With elevation differences of less than five feet and all of the trails manicured it was a great trip for high temperatures, and can be great for children. The trails are shared with many vacationers on bikes though...



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