Hiking The Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge

The 16th most popular hiking trail in South Carolina.

Northeast of Savanah and west of Hilton Head, the 4,000 acre Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge has about 14 miles of grassy singletrack and doubletrack routes open to hiking and mountain biking.

There are nine trails in this trail system. The following provides a brief description of each:

Ibis Pond - 1.2 miles round trip

Shell Point - 1.6 miles round trip

Wood Stork Pond - 2.7 miles round trip

Osprey Pond - 3 miles round trip

Nini Chapin Pond - 3.6 miles round trip

Bull Point - 5 miles round trip

Dick Point - 7.4 miles round trip

Clubhouse Pond - 6.2 miles round trip

White Point - 7.8 miles round trip

To reach the trailhead from Hilton Head, head west on US278 to Pinckney Island. Turn right into the refuge and continue for 0.5 miles to the parking area.

Note: there are alligators near the ponds and occasionally on the trails.

Overall, Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge is the 16th most popular hiking trail of all 16 hikes in South Carolina.

Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Pinckney Island NWR (912) 652-4415; South Carolina Tourism (803) 734-1700

Recommended Book:  "50 Hikes In South Carolina" from Johnny Molloy

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Date Published:  

Date Updated:  8/16/2016

ID:  20616

Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge Hiking Map


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