Pets allowed
Allowed
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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Skidaway Island is a woodland retreat not far from Savannah. It is, in fact, one of the largest intact stands of mature maritime forest left in the region. The types of trees are those familiar around Savannah, but their size and density here is impressive. As you stand among a jungle of palmetto and vines and gazing up at the canopy, you will notice the tall, straight trunks of pines, the huge, twisting branches of live oaks, and the wisps of Spanish moss clinging to them all.

Though the forest is confined to an island and surrounded by neighborhoods, this preserved ecosystem is a haven for wildlife such as birds of prey, migrating birds, deer, alligators, and diamondback terrapins. It was once the home of a prehistoric mega-mammal, the giant ground sloth, whose fossils were discovered here. You can learn about it and see the full-size skeleton at the park's interpretive center, which also offers guided nature programs for kids and groups. The park also offers hiking trails, biking, camping, playground and outdoor fitness equipment, picnic shelters, and a visitor center, and is open year round.

Hiking

  • Sandpiper Loop Nature Trail: A flat and easy 1-mile loop among salt marsh and forest with a good chance of seeing birds and other wildlife. Follow along with the interpretive signs in the park's trail map brochure to learn about animals, plants, and history along the way.
  • Avian Loop: A 1-mile loop addition to Sandpiper Trail that takes you to the shore of the Intracoastal Waterway for more chances at seeing animals including dolphins.
  • Big Ferry Loop: This historically significant trail among tall live oaks and pines partially follows an old road that led to a ferry landing. It is now open to hiking and biking only, and it is surrounded by traces of even older inhabitants spanning the Civil War to Native Americans. Signs along the way explain some of this history.
  • Connector Trail: Links Big Ferry Loop and Sandpiper Loop in a 1-mile trail that passes a freshwater pond with a chance of seeing alligators.

Bicycling

All roads in the park are open to bicycles, which is a great way to get around here. Bikes are also allowed on the Big Ferry Loop, which offers a fun challenge for beginners with its exposed roots and uneven terrain. Bikes can be rented at the visitor center.

Boating and Fishing

There is no boat access or fishing in the park itself, but a short drive away is the public Rodney J. Hall Boat Ramp, where you can launch boats or paddleboards on the Skidaway Narrows of the Intracoastal Waterway.

Camping

Skidaway Island State Park Campground is open year round for tent and RV camping.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Park entrance fee

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Maritime forest. Good camping. Close to Savannah.

Cons

Bordered by neighborhoods.

Features

ADA accessible
Campgrounds + Campsites
Showers
Amphitheater
Historically significant
Flushing toilets
Bicycling
Potable water
Picnic tables
Off-leash dog area
Covered picnic areas
Volleyball
Playground
Bird watching
Wildlife
Family friendly

Site type

Full hookups
Cabins

Location

Field Guide

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