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Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge
Carolina Sandhills NWR is situated along the fall line separating the Atlantic Coastal Plain and the Piedmont Plateau in what is known as the Sandhills Region of South Carolina. Due to its location, the refuge is home to a variety of plants, animals, and habitat types characteristic of both the c...
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Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge
Description: The 4053 acre refuge includes Pinckney Island, Corn Island, Big and Little Harry Islands, Buzzard Island and numerous small hammocks. Pinckney is the largest of the islands and the only one open to public use. Nearly 67% of the refuge consists of salt marsh and tidal creeks. A wide variety of land types are found on Pinckney Island alone: salt marsh, forestland, brushland, fallow field and freshwater ponds. In combination, these habitats support a diversity of bird and plant life.

Wildlife to Watch: Wildlife commonly observed on Pinckney Island include waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, raptors, neo-tropical migrants, white-tailed deer and American alligators, with large concentrations of white ibis, herons, and egrets.

Special Tips: Over fourteen miles of trails are open to hiking and bicycling. No motorized vehicles are allowed north of the public parking area.

Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
Size: 4053 acres 
Closest Town: Hilton Head

Facilities:
ParkingFishingHikingHuntingLarge BoatsSmall BoatsBicycling

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:
SpringSummerFallWinter

White Ibises - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
The refuge is located in Beaufort County, South Carolina and is 1/2 miles west of Hilton Head Island off of U.S. Highway 278.

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Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge : Wildlife Viewing Area