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Sandpiper Loop Nature Trail

Skidaway Island State Park

Georgia Coast, Georgia

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Sandpiper Loop Nature Trail

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  • Boardwalk at the beginning of the trail.- Sandpiper Loop Nature Trail
  • Much of the trail passes palmettos and pines in an open woodland.- Sandpiper Loop Nature Trail
  • One of many views over the salt marsh.- Sandpiper Loop Nature Trail
  • A great egret searches for a snack in the marsh.- Sandpiper Loop Nature Trail
  • A pileated woodpecker, one of the world's largest woodpecker species, pecks at a dead tree.- Sandpiper Loop Nature Trail
  • Salt marsh and maritime forest.- Sandpiper Loop Nature Trail
  • Fiddler crabs in the marsh.- Sandpiper Loop Nature Trail
  • Painted lady butterfly near the trail.- Sandpiper Loop Nature Trail
  • The Avian Loop is a bonus adventure that starts from the Nature Trail Loop.- Sandpiper Loop Nature Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Wildlife. Nature center at trailhead. Close to campground.
Cons: 
Mucky when wet.
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Region:
Georgia Coast, GA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Park entrance fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.00 mi (1.61 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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This is a flat and easy 1-mile loop in Skidaway Island State Park that offers good chances of seeing wildlife among the salt marshes and forested hammocks at the island's edge. The trailhead is very near the campground, making it perfect for morning or evening stroll. It links with the Avian Loop, a similar trail that provides an additional mile and more chances at finding critters. The route passes some interesting ecological features and bits of history, including earthworks from the Civil War. For a self-guided tour of it all, pick up a trail map brochure at the trailhead or visitor center.

Along the walk you are likely to see fiddler crabs, oysters, butterflies, songbirds, small wading birds, and egrets. If you are lucky and watchful, you may also spot more elusive residents like woodpeckers, turtles, deer, armadillos, snakes, or even a bobcat. Hike either early or late in the day for your best chance at seeing wildlife, but keep in mind the trail is off limits after dark per park rules. The trail surface is mostly sand or dirt with occasional boardwalks. It may be fine for wheelchairs and strollers when dry, but gets very mucky when wet. Bikes are not allowed on this trail.

The park's nature center is located next to the trailhead, which has live snakes and turtles on display, more information about area wildlife, and a replica skeleton of a prehistoric inhabitant--the giant ground sloth.

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