Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Savannah Coastal Refuge Complex
694 Beech Hill Lane Hardeeville, SC
Distance from hotel: 22.8 mi
Phone: (843) 784-2468
Perhaps the largest historic site in Savannah, the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 29,175 acres, comprised of freshwater wetlands, bottomland hardwoods, upland hardwoods, and marshes. It is home to wood ducks, swallow-tailed kites, wood storks, manatees, great horned owls, osprey, bald eagles, geese and other varieties of wading and shorebirds. In addition to being able to view migratory birds year-round visitors can expect to see alligators on the shore banks during the spring and fall.
The visitor's center is located six miles north of Savannah on US Highway 17 which is open Monday-Saturday 9am-4:30 pm and offers environmental education, an exhibit hall and gift shop. In addition to wildlife education and observation, there are hiking and biking trails on the refuge, year-round fishing opportunities, turkey hunting in April and deer hunting opportunities in October and November.
There are over 170,000 visitors annually to the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, and for good reason, there is no admission cost to visit the refuge! So pack your camera, your best hiking boots, fishing pole, and perhaps even a picnic lunch and spend a day in nature at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge.