Park: 912-598-2300 LENGTH: 6 miles of trails TYPE: Loops RANKING: Easy ACCESS: 7 am - dusk USAGE: Moderate FEES: $5 Entry MAPS: At Ranger office SURFACE: Sandy soil with tree roots and pine needles FEATURES: Salt Marsh, Observation tower, and Intracoastal waterway PET FRIENDLY: Yes
Skidaway Island State Park borders Skidaway Narrows, a part of the intracoastal waterway and is located near historic Savannah. The island is one of Georgia's barrier islands, a chain of islands that lines the entire coast of Georgia. The park opened in 1975, after the property was transferred to the state of Georgia from the timber company that owned most of the island.
The park is part of the Colonial Coast Birding Trail. Large birds of prey, like bald eagles and ospreys, may be present in the park year-round. ducks and loons winter over in the park, and songbirds use the island as a waystation during their spring migrations. In the summer, colorful nesting birds such as the painted bunting, bluebird, summer tanager and orchard oriole may be spotted while hiking.
There are four trails to explore making up 6 miles. We camped here in August 2016 and really enjoyed hiking and bicycling the trails and park. Click here for camping information on our RV Home On the Road site.
Avian Loop Trail This is a one-mile loop that takes you to the intracoastal waterway where you might see a dolphin swimming down river. A sandy causeway crosses the largest tidal creek that flows into the park. the Spanish Moss is beautiful but don't touch because it's full of chiggers.
Big Ferry Trail This trail is a two-mile loop or you can include the earthworks loop to make it nearly three miles. Bicycles and animals are welcome on this trail. The Earthworks are mounds built by slaves during the Civil War as part of the defense system against Union Troops. There are also a few alligator ponds along the way. Check out the Observation Tower for gorgeous pictures and bird viewing.
Connector Trail This trail connects both the Sandpiper and Avian Loop trails to the Big Ferry Trail and takes you through the unwanted Chinese Tallow forest. There is an alligator pond along this trail and sometimes you can see a resident alligator.
Sandpiper Trail Loop This is a popular one-mile loop taking you over salt flats and tidal creeks, and through maritime forests. The boardwalks and level trail are ADA accessible. Leashed animals are welcome but no bicycles on this trail. Follow the alphabetized posts along the way to learn about the resources on this trail.
DIRECTIONS FROM SAVANNAH: Located 15 miles southeast of Savannah on Diamond Causeway From I-16 in Savannah, exit at I-516 (exit #164A), which turns into DeRenne Avenue. Turn right on Truman Parkway and go to the Whitefield Avenue exit Turn left Follow to Skidaway Island and turn left on State Park Road at first light on the island.