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Pinckney Island NWR  Programs and Accessibility Project


 Pinckney Island NWR, located at the door step to Hilton Head Island, SC, is the most visited of the seven refuges in the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex.  It is a beautiful refuge for hiking, biking, and wildlife observation and photography.  There is however, no automobile access to the refuge's miles of trails, which severely limits some visitors ability to explore this treasure right in our midst.

After discussion of this problem with the US F&WS, the Friends applied for and was awarded a generous grant from Community Foundation of the Lowcountry for Pinckney Island NWR Visitor Programs and Accessibility Project.  This grant enabled the Friends to purchase a 15-seat electric shuttle, bicycles, binoculars, informational brochures, tables/chairs and improved signage that we could use to provide guided tours of Pinckney Island NWR to those who had limited mobility and difficulty exploring the island on foot.

In another example of a public-private partnership involving the Friends, the Foundation, and the Service, there is now expanded programming and access for all visitors including the elderly, very young and mobility impaired. These services are offered without charge to the public.

The programs and services include:

Scheduled Programs

    • Guided nature programs for all ages including electric shuttle and bicycle programs
    • Prior registration is required

Visitor Services

    • Roving docent at key locations
    • Water on very hot days
    • Pinckney Island NWR visitor information
    • Brochures

Please Note:

    • Accessibility - The electric shuttle is easy to get onto (two low steps) and the tours do not require walking.  The shuttle driver, upon request, will pick you up and drop you off at your vehicle.
    • Personal Items: There is no room for wheelchairs, carriages, coolers or any other large objects on the shuttle.  These items may be left in your vehicle.
    • Bathrooms:  There are no bathrooms available, sorry.
    • Pets:   Not allowed
    • Water :  There is no water on the refuge.  You are advised to wear appropriate shoes and clothing and bring water, sunblock, and insect repellent as needed for the season.

Quick Links to Pinckney Island Programs and Accessibility Pages

Event Schedule/Registration
(see the coming tours and
reserve a spot on a tour)

Volunteer Event Signup
(current volunteers sign-up here
for a role on upcoming tours)

(The success of the program relies
on support from members and friends)

Looking for Volunteers
(see what volunteer
opportunities are available)

Tour Guides
(links to information about Pinckney Island
for volunteers and the public)

(a list of public documents about
the Grant and the Programs)

(see images from
opening day activities)

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