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“Great for birders”

Skidaway Island State Park
Ranked #19 of 218 things to do in Savannah
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Located near historic Savannah, this park borders Skidaway narrows, a part of Georgia’s intracoastal waterway. Trails wind through maritime forest and past salt marsh, leading to a boardwalk and observation tower. Visitors can watch for deer, fiddler crabs, raccoon, egrets and other wildlife. Inside the park’s interpretive center, birders will find binoculars, reference books and a window where they can look for migrating species such as Painted Buntings. Children will especially enjoy seeing the towering, 20-foot Giant Ground Sloth replica and reptile room. A scenic campground is nestled under live oaks and Spanish moss, while groups can enjoy privacy in their own pioneer campgrounds. Open-air picnic shelters and an enclosed group shelter are popular spots for parties, reunions and other celebrations.
Clarksville, Tennessee
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great for birders”
Reviewed 2 October 2013

My husband and I visited Skidaway Island State Park in the hopes of viewing some birds that are absent or just a little harder to find in Tennessee, and we were not disappointed. The moment we stepped out of the car, we started hearing and seeing interesting birds. We'd already identified several before even leaving the parking lot. The Interpretive Center located nearby provided binoculars and books to help in identification of local species, as well as pictures and painted wood carvings of birds and examples of nests. They had also provided feeders in order to attract the birds. The books are available for purchase at the Park Office. Even though it was late in the year, we were able to see a painted bunting at the feeder, among many, many others. We were given a map when we entered the park that detailed the best trails on which to see birds and what birds might be seen, and we proceeded to take the Sandpiper Trail and the connecting Avian Loop. Many different coastal environments were presented, and almost every step we took, we discovered something new. We saw every bird we came to see, plus some, and I would definitely return just to see them again or perhaps to see the summer and winter birds we missed out on. It was an excellent birding experience all around.

Visited September 2013
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Riverside, California
Level 6 Contributor
1,075 reviews
312 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 302 helpful votes
“LONG WALK TO SEE ANYTHING”
Reviewed 1 October 2013

We visited this park after reading the reviews. The camp grounds are very nice, located in the woods. Lots of shade and lots of space. However, we weren't camping.

We drove around the park and found that a three mile hike was involved to see the attractions. It was too hot and humid to make the trek.

Visited September 2013
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Nashville, Tennessee
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Nice park”
Reviewed 17 September 2013

Visited Savanah recently and was told to visit this park based on recommendation from hotel. It did not disappoint. Very quiet and feels secluded, even though you are about 15 minutes from the downtown historic area. Trails are great; you don't have to be an expert hiker to walk them. Had to leave earlier than we wanted because it was so hot. Make sure to bring lots of water!!!

Visited August 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“excellent camping”
Reviewed 4 September 2013

The campsites are HUGH... I expected lots of bugs, but no, very little - almost none. Bathhouses moderate, but OK - what you expect in a state park. We did not go to the ranger center, but they have programs almost daily. The site was about 15 minutes from either Historic Savannah or Tybee Island beach. We also spend one afternoon at Pulaski national monument - a great fort tour and active demonstrations of muzzles and cannon. I recommend this for either couples who want a "time-out" in nature or families who want to do a little bit of everything.

Visited September 2013
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Bradenton
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Must-do in the Savannah Area”
Reviewed 9 August 2013

Never disappoints. It's very hot here during the summer, so bring plenty of water. Make sure your camera is handy too. Always see Red-Headed Woodpeckers and a variety of other woodpecker species. Nice walk over boardwalks, marshes, forested areas and near the water. Lovely interpretive center as well.

Visited August 2013
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