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Pinckney Island is located between Hilton Head Island and the mainland in Beaufort County, South Carolina. The island is home to the 4,053-acre Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, which was established to protect and preserve the island’s forest and other environments. The refuge also includes the Big Harry and Little Harry Islands, Corn Island, Buzzard Island, and many small hammocks. The largest of the islands in the refuge, Pinckney is the only one open to the public. Most of the refuge is covered by salt marsh and a number of tidal creeks, and Pinckney Island includes more salt marsh, brushland, fallow fields, forestland, and freshwater ponds. These diverse habitats support a large number of birds. There are 115 prehistoric and historic sites on the island. It is popular with nature enthusiasts for hiking, biking, nature photography, and enjoying wildlife. There are 10 miles of hiking trails in the refuge.
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