Pinckney Island Main
Many trails crisscross this coastal island that is surrounded on all
sides by salt marshes brimming with alligators and dolphins. But the
easy, 3.5-mile one-way Main Trail cleaves Pinckney Island from north
to south and offers access to the best areas. Two-thirds of this
island is salt marsh, but the area has a long history of human
population (though nobody lives here today). Searchers traced evidence
of Native American settlements dating back 10,000 years in addition to
early-18th century European settlements. You will enjoy the island for
its flora and fauna, too. Especially in the spring, when wildflowers
give the entire island a fragrance that’s almost sweet enough to
serve as dessert. Raccoons, dolphins, and rookeries for wading birds
spill away from all sides
About 3.5-miles one-way. The refuge has over 14 miles of trail.
From Exit 8 on Interstate 95 near Hardeeville, drive east on US 278
toward Hilton Head Island. When you see the bridge to Hilton Head,
move into the left lane and look for the entrance to Pinckney Island
on the left (north) just before you join the bridge. The trailhead is
at the parking area and maps are available at a kiosk.
Dawn to dusk
There is no camping available. Commercial campgrounds are available on
Hilton Head Island and along I-95.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1000 Business Center Dr., Parkway
Business Center, Suite 10, Savannah, Ga., 31405. Telephone: 912-652-4415.
Updated: October 21, 2005
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