Pritchards Island

Amazing Uninhabited Island

Pritchards Island is just southwest of Fripp and is only accessible by boat. This uninhabited island is owned by the University of South Carolina which conducts research on the island and welcomes daily visitors who enjoy strolling along the beaches and enjoying the barrier island's wildlife and tranquility.

Atlanta businessman Philip Rhodes donated the 1,600 acre island to the University of South Carolina in 1983 with the condition it not be developed commercially but rather used for coastal research.  Students would stay in the "old stilt house", the Rhodes Research Center, while studying the ecosystems on the island and managing the preservation of the loggerhead sea turtles that nest on the island.  The island is still managed by USCB and is used for education, conservation and research purposes by the University, other state institutions, and the general public.

 

For several years, the Beaufort County Arts Council collaborated with USCB to hold an annual artist retreat on Pritchards. Each artist was required to provide a piece of art that became the Pritchards Island Collection.

That collection now hangs in the library at the Hilton Head Gateway campus. (Source: Island Packet 2015)

Boating to Pritchards

If you're looking for an adventure, visit Pritchards by kayak or canoe.  The Fripp Island Resort offers guided canoe trips that launch off the beach behind the Cabana Club.  It's a great way to safely navigate the swift current that runs through Skull Inlet and learn more about the barrier islands. Contact the Activity Center for more information and reservations.

If you're ready to head out on your own, you can check tides and head over in your kayak or canoe.  Single and tandem kayaks are also available to rent at Island Excursions.  Once you get to Pritchards, you'll enjoy the peace and quiet of the island while strolling, shelling and exploring.

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In the middle left, you can barely see what is an abandoned research lab that sits on Pritchard's Island. This island is only accessable by boat/kayak. It was donated by a businessman to USC upon the agreement that it would be used only for research and not for commercial real estate. The main research that was done here was sea turtle research.

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No filter necessary 😍

In the middle left, you can barely see what is an abandoned research lab that sits on Pritchard's Island. This island is only accessable by boat/kayak. It was donated by a businessman to USC upon the agreement that it would be used only for research and not for commercial real estate. The main research that was done here was sea turtle research.




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Balance. #frippisland #pritchardsisland #takeamoment #realign

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Pritchards Island Mini Series:

Owned by the uofsc, this Atlantic barrier island was once home to a research facility where erosion and marine life were studied. Surrounding the abandoned research facility is myriad equipment slowly being reclaimed by the sea. 

Photographed here is an all terrain tire and an axle. The rim has been eaten away by the surf. 

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Pritchards Island Mini Series:

Owned by the uofsc, this Atlantic barrier island was once home to a research facility where erosion and marine life were studied. Surrounding the abandoned research facility is myriad equipment slowly being reclaimed by the sea.

Photographed here is an all terrain tire and an axle. The rim has been eaten away by the surf.

#documentaryphotography #wncphotographer frippislandrsrt #frippisland #pritchardsisland #universityofsouthcarolina #landscapephotography
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Low country loveliness 🌴
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Low country loveliness 🌴
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The abandoned house on Pritchards Island overlooking the Skull Inlet as seen from the south tip of Fripp Island. #fripp #frippisland #frippinit #sunrise #skullinlet #pritchardsisland #oldhouse Facebook: shellsuberphotos. Instagram: shellsuber [Canon 70D, EF 70-200 f/2.8 lens at 1/5000 f/2.8 ISO 100]

The abandoned house on Pritchards Island overlooking the Skull Inlet as seen from the south tip of Fripp Island. #fripp #frippisland #frippinit #sunrise #skullinlet #pritchardsisland #oldhouse Facebook: shellsuberphotos. Instagram: shellsuber [Canon 70D, EF 70-200 f/2.8 lens at 1/5000 f/2.8 ISO 100] ...

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If you have never been to the SC Low Country you are missing out! I took this one on a sunset walk over the Marsh. It's so peaceful, I'm obsessed. ⁠
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Pritchard's Island house - old abandon University of South Carolina Research center. Believe the research centered around sea turtles 🐢
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Pritchard's Island house - old abandon University of South Carolina Research center. Believe the research centered around sea turtles 🐢
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Loggerhead Turtles

One of Beaufort County's most nested beaches, Pritchards Island is host to Loggerhead Sea Turtles between May and October.  A group of dedicated volunteers patrol the island during nesting season to protect, mark and relocated nests when necessary.