SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Spanning 588 acres with four main trails to hike, Skidaway Island State Park is the perfect place to go if you’re looking for a little fun on your own or with the family. Here’s a simple guide to the park for your next trip.
Where is he?
Skidaway Island State Park is located at 52 Diamond Causeway in Savannah. It’s on the same side of town as the historic site of Wormsloe, just over 10 minutes away by car. It is located on Skidaway Island, 20 minutes from Hunter Army Airfield.
The park is open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. every weekday and the park office is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can find more information about park hours by clicking or tapping on the link here.
Parking at the park isn’t free, but don’t worry, it’s only $5 per car. You can pay this when you enter the park if an attendant is on duty or at the box in the parking lot near the interpretive center pictured above. If you are driving a van or motorhome, parking will be more expensive at $30 and $70 respectively.
There are plenty of things to do on Skidaway, many of which are free.
There are several trails which you can see via the link to a map of the park here. Each trail is a different intensity although they are not long trails to hike. There is the 1 mile Sandpiper Trail Loop and the Avian Loop Trail, the 2 mile Big Ferry Trail and the Connector Trail which connects the Sandpiper and Avian Trail Loops. In total, there are six miles of trails to hike in the park.
Each trail is pet friendly, but remember you’ll want to keep them on a leash and clean up after any mess they make.
Camping is something that costs a bit of money but makes up for the price of the experience you will have. There’s a range of prices to suit almost every budget, from basic campsites that start at $53 a night ($371 per week) to camping cabins that start at $140 a night ($980 per week). You can find a site by clicking or tapping on the link here.
The interpretation center
The interpretive center is a fun place to go and see some of the animals of the Georgian coast. Warning: this includes snakes, which make up the majority of the creatures on display. In addition to the live animals, there is a replica of the giant ground sloth, which towers over visitors as a reminder of the megafauna that inhabited the land.
Access to the interpretation center is free. It is located in the park’s visitor center, on the right side once you enter the building.
From inside the interpretive center, you can look through a window and see the many birds that enjoy the feeders outside. This birding activity is calming, where you can watch in awe the birds of the Georgian coast without accidentally spooking them.
If you prefer to be one with nature, you can also watch the birds on the trails or on the terrace outside the visitor center. There are rocking chairs, benches and picnic tables with umbrellas. Inside the Visitor Center, at the gift shop, you can purchase your own birding guide.
There are two playgrounds in the park which are designed for children of different age groups. This means that there are sections of the playgrounds designed for children aged 2 to 5 and some whose fun is better enjoyed by older children.
Cycling is a good way to enjoy the scenery without sitting or standing in the heat. Not only are some of the trails in the park suitable for bikes, but you can also rent a bike from the park itself in case you don’t have one with you on your trip. The Big Ferry Trail is popular with cyclists when they visit.
Events and where to find them
Skidaway frequently hosts events, both paid and free after paying parking fees. The best place to check for events is through the link here.
You can also find events listed on their Facebook page here.