SKIDAWAY ISLAND STATE PARK
Located near historic Savannah, this barrier island has both salt and fresh water due to estuaries and marshes that flow through the area. The park borders Skidaway Narrows, a part of the intracoastal waterway, and provides scenic camping and picnicking areas. Two nature trails wind through marshes, live oaks, cabbage-palmettos and longleaf pines, allowing visitors to watch for deer, raccoon, shore birds and rare migrating birds such as the Painted Bunting. Observation towers provide another chance for visitors to search for wildlife on this beautiful island. A giant ground sloth replica, birding station, nature exhibits and reptile room are featured in the park's nature center.
Enjoy fishing in lagoons and salt marshes, home to species like red drum, flounder, trout and catfish. A variety of freshwater fish can be caught from the park's pier or rented boats. Fishing gear is available for rent on-site. Anglers must have a valid Georgia fishing license.
Skidaway Island State Park is located near Hilton Head Island, Pooler and Richmond Hill
1. Skidaway Island State Park offers numerous picnic spots with scenic views.
2. Picnic shelters are available for rent, ideal for group outings.
3. Enjoy picnicking under the park's majestic live oaks and pine trees.
4. There are grills provided at various locations throughout the park for barbecuing during your picnic outing.
5. The open grassy areas provide perfect spaces to lay out a blanket and enjoy an outdoor meal or snack.
Cycling enthusiasts can enjoy six miles of trails, suitable for all skill levels. Helmets are recommended.
The park offers bike rentals if you don't have your own equipment.
Be aware that some paths may be shared with pedestrians and wildlife; exercise caution while biking.
Trails wind through maritime forest and past salt marshes, offering beautiful views but also potential hazards like roots or wet areas.
Remember to stay hydrated during hot weather as shade is limited on certain parts of the trail system.
Night cycling is not permitted in order to protect local fauna - plan accordingly.
Always follow posted signs regarding speed limits and right-of-way rules when encountering other visitors on the trails.
The park offers a variety of birding opportunities with its diverse habitats attracting numerous species. There are six miles of trails, including the Big Ferry Trail which is part of Georgia's Colonial Coast Birding Trail. The Sandpiper and Avian Loop Trails also provide excellent viewing spots for birds like warblers, woodpeckers and owls. A three-story observation tower gives panoramic views over salt marshes where wading birds can be spotted.
Located 15 miles southeast of Savannah on Diamond Causeway.