Accessibility Tours (Private)
Pinckney Island Programs & Accessibility Tours
Shuttle Accessibility Tours
Scheduled Shuttle Accessibility Nature Programs - Group Reservation Required - See below
These tours are for organizations with predominately accessibly challenged people, e.g. People for Exceptional People (PEP), TidePoint (assisted living community, etc.
We look forward to showing your group our wonderful island refuge.
Tour Contact for Reservations and Questions. Our private group tour contact is John at PKYtours@gmail.com .
Accessibility Tour Considerations. Our shuttle tours are easy to get on & off and you do not have to leave the shuttle during the tour.
See >> Tour Guidelines
Accessibility Tour Description - The tour is led by our docent and driver. The tour is an hour and a half in our 15-seat electric shuttle. There is a docent that is qualified as a Master Naturalist. The tour is from the parking lot to Ibis Pond and Starr Pond with commentary during the tour. Note that the itinerary is subject to change.
The passengers will not get off the shuttle except in special circumstances approved by the organization requesting the tour. We prefer no more than 9 passengers and we require at least one or two of the organizations staff members.
There are two small steps to access the shuttle.
Waivers. All passengers, including staff members, are required to sign liability waivers. If a passenger cannot sign a waiver then an authorized staff member must sign it for them. We cannot allow anyone on the shuttle without a waiver.
Please print copies of the waiver that must be signed by each participant and staff member. It saves time if you can just hand these to us as you arrive. Go To Liability Waiver.
Start Location. The shuttle departs from the main parking lot at the refuge.
Common Sightings. 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. Active rookeries of wading birds are a major draw during spring, and painted buntings and other passerines are the main attraction during summertime.
Tour Cancellation: Please notify us if you need to cancel your Tour.
Tour Start Time: The tours start on time. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early.
Directions to Pinckney Island NWR - The island is between Hilton Head Island and the mainland (Bluffton). The refuge is located 1/2 mile west of Hilton Head Island off of U.S. Highway 278. Take Rt 278 to the middle of the bridge between Hilton Head Island and the mainland (Bluffton). Turn at the large wooden Pinckney Island NWR sign - left turn if you are coming from Bluffton and right turn if you are coming from Hilton Head Island. Drive about 1/4 mile to the parking lot. Go around the parking lot road about half way until you see the shuttle. The shuttle is in the parking lot at least 15 minutes before the tour starts. Also see >> Pinckney Island NWR webpage.
We Need Your Help! We would appreciate if your organization donates to keep our programs free. Go to >> Donate
Contact Info & Questions: John at PKYtours@gmail.com