This Family-Friendly Nature Preserve In South Carolina Has A Hiking Trails, A Rookery, A Hike-In Beach, And More

Exploring the coast of South Carolina often means setting foot on entirely uninhabited islands. Over in the Hilton Head area, there’s a group of small islands that make up the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge. Included in the refuge are Pinckney Island (the largest and the only one open to the public), Corn Island, Big Harry Island, Little Harry Island, and Buzzard Island. All are uninhabited in modern times, and only Pinckney is open to the public. Take a look at the family-friendly nature preserve on Pinckney Island and then plan a day trip over to Hilton Head to check it out in person.

Have you ever visited this beautiful nature preserve in South Carolina? Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge is open to the public every day from sunrise to sunset. Admission and parking are absolutely free.

When visiting this refuge in warmer months, be sure to bring plenty of bug spray and drinking water. Also be aware there are no bathroom facilities here.

If you think the 7.8-mile hike to Mackay Beach is a bit too much to take on, then pop over to Hilton Head Island to a secluded beach at Fish Haul Park that’s only a short distance from the parking area!

Address: Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926, USA