Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
Loop
Distance
1.00 mi (1.61 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Park entrance fee

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Wildlife. Nature center at trailhead. Close to campground.

Cons

Mucky when wet.

Features

Historically significant
Bird watching
Wildlife
ADA accessible
Family friendly

Location

Field Guide

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