Hiking/Mountain Biking Trail
Pinckney Island Main

(Beaufort, County)


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

Length: About 3.5-miles one-way. The refuge has over 14 miles of trail.

Fees: None

Directions: 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.

Hours: Dawn to dusk

Camping: There is no camping available. Commercial campgrounds are available on Hilton Head Island and along I-95.

Information: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1000 Business Center Dr., Parkway Business Center, Suite 10, Savannah, Ga., 31405. Telephone: 912-652-4415.

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