Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Savannah, South Carolina

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Half a day's hike through beautiful marshes. Magnificent alligators and a great variety of bird life add spice. The dikes crisscrossing the ponds, pools, and marshes make for especially lovely—and easy—hiking. The trail connects numerous hardwood hammocks. There is a good chance of encountering great horned owls here at any time. During migration periods, warblers are seen in great numbers and in great variety. On the refuge, rice birds like bobolinks and red-winged blackbirds are very numerous, as is the boat-tailed grackle. Cormorants, anhingas, herons, egrets, and common moorhens are often seen; purple gallinules and least bitterns are seen often here in summer, but seldom elsewhere in South Carolina. The stars of the show, however, are the alligators. They range from small fellows of a foot or two in length to big guys more than 10 feet long. They are quite numerous.

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Professional Review and Guide

"Half a day's hike through beautiful marshes. Magnificent alligators and a great variety of bird life add spice. The dikes crisscrossing the ponds, pools, and marshes make for especially lovely—and easy—hiking. The trail connects numerous hardwood hammocks. There is a good chance of encountering great horned owls here at any time.

During migration periods, warblers are seen in great numbers and in great variety. On the refuge, rice birds like bobolinks and red-winged blackbirds are very numerous, as is the boat-tailed grackle. Cormorants, anhingas, herons, egrets, and common moorhens are often seen; purple gallinules and least bitterns are seen often here in summer, but seldom elsewhere in South Carolina. The stars of the show, however, are the alligators. They range from small fellows of a foot or two in length to big guys more than 10 feet long. They are quite numerous."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Savannah
Distance: 8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Half a day
Season: Autumn and spring
Local Contacts: Land Resources Division, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, 2221 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205; (803) 734-9108
Local Maps: Savannah NWR brochure; Limehouse and Savannah USGS quads
Driving Directions: Directions to Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Recent Trail Reviews

5/14/2011
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Watch out. If you come in from the Georgia side, you will be turned away at the gate, unless the harbor master answers his phone.


9/19/2008
0

It was nice for what it was. They had heavy equipment there that was ripping up brush and tearing down trees and putting them into piles...not too bad though


3/5/2007
1

This is a great trail for wildlife viewing. There are many migratory birds there. Alligators can also be seen. We saw many deer tracks, but no deer on this trip. Much of the trail goes along dikes which were once built as part of a rice plantation. Great Fall, Winter, or Spring hike. There is not much shade, so expect hot weather conditions if you go in mid-summer.



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