Hilton Head Island condos are the perfect place to begin your family vacation as Hilton Head is home to some of the most beautiful beaches located in South Carolina. This island retreat has so much to offer. After a fun-filled day at the beach, enjoy shopping, golfing or dining at any one of Hilton Head Islands' two-hundred restaurants. However, if you are somewhat adventurous, you may want to explore Pinckney Island, a National Wildlife Refuge, located on the north side of Hilton Head Island, across the waterway.
Pinckney Island - A Birdwatchers Paradise
Plan a day trip away from your Hilton Head Island vacation rental by exploring Pinckney Island; exploration is best during the spring and fall months, especially for the avid birdwatcher. Be sure to keep an eye out for the many types of songbirds, breeding birds, and wading birds. Egrets, osprey, and herons can be found near the island's freshwater ponds preparing for nesting season. Rumor has it that there is a least one bald eagle nest on this island. You may be fortunate to be one of the select few who are privileged to spot this rare national bird.
Alligators are a familiar sight year-round and can be seen basking in the warm sun on the banks or swimming in the freshwater ponds; here, they have also been spotted in the salt waters of Mackay Creek. White-tailed deer and fox squirrels are also year-round occupants of the island.
Exploring Pinckney Island
There are several ways to explore this National Wildlife Refuge. You may wish to hike or bike the trails on Pinckney. However, automobiles are not permitted to leave the parking area. The hours of operation are from dawn to dusk daily and admission is always free. You can call (843) 689-6767 to obtain additional information.
Bike, hike, and kayak tours are available by Water-Dog Outfitters. These bicycles are equipped with hand brakes, gears, and wide tires suitable for trail riding. There are web specials available when you visit their website. Bicycle tours on Pinckney Island are only $25 for two hours if you mention the website when you are making your reservation; the regular rate is $35 per person. There are group discounts available and multi-tours, so be sure to ask.
Water-Dog also offers a hike tour which will last for approximately 1-1/2 hours. You will travel through the salt marsh and woodlands to Ibis Pond. An experienced, knowledgeable tour guide will accompany you, while informing you of the island highlights and informative facts. The price is $15 per person.
Kayaking is the perfect way to explore the island while appreciating the rich marine life. This tour includes a certified PFD, kayak, paddle and instructions on kayak safety and important skills you will need to know. You can choose a three-hour tour for just $55 ($45 web special) or call for information about a half-day tour at (843) 686-3554.
You will quickly discover that there is nothing more tranquil than this tropical island retreat to Hilton Head Island. You will find yourself returning each year. Visit Vacationhome.com to plan your family vacation as you select the perfect Hilton Head vacation condo or vacation rental. It is easy to search by price, amenities, and location to meet all your personal needs.