Posted by: Sunset Rentals | March 18, 2014

A Hilton Head Island Must See: Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge

Hilton Head vacation rentalOne of the best parts of visiting Hilton Head Island is the fact that we’ve done such a good job preserving its natural surroundings from the marsh grass to the live oak trees to seashore. That means we’ve left plenty of room for wildlife to roam and for visitors to enjoy.

One of the best places in the Hilton Head Island area to enjoy the natural beauty of the Lowcountry is nearby Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge. Designated a National Wildlife Refuge by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife service, this 4000+ acre refuge was formerly part of a southern plantation, as well as a game preserve. Today it is almost 70% salt marsh and tidal creeks and full of all range of wildlife.

Keep your eyes open on the island, which offers numerous walking trails, for a variety of birds, such as egrets, raptors, herons, white ibis, osprey, painted buntings and bald eagles. You may also see alligators, white-tailed deer, and fox squirrels. A variety of threatened or endangered species can be found on the refuge, such as the American alligator, the flatwoods salamander and wood storks. The refuge says that wildlife viewing is best during spring and fall, and feel free to bring along a camera to capture these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.

Pinckney Island is a great place to walk, run or bike as the island offers miles of trails with beautiful views. Several local tour companies also offer tours of the island, including Water-Dog Outfitters and Kayak Hilton Head.

To visit Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, take Highway 278 off the island and head about a ½ mile west to Beaufort County. The park is open from sunrise to sunset seven days a week and there is no charge to enter. No camping is allowed, nor are any pets. Also, keep in mind no restrooms are available on the island.

For assistance with your Hilton Head Island vacation rentals, visit or call 800-276-8991.


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