Skidaway Island State Park
Savannah GA 31411
- Mon: 7am-10pm
- Tue: 7am-10pm
- Wed: 7am-10pm
- Thu: 7am-10pm
- Fri: 7am-10pm
- Sat: 7am-10pm
- Sun: 7am-10pm
Skidaway Island State Park is part of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources State Parks program. With six miles of hiking trails snaking throughout the coastal salt marsh, the park shows off many original Civil War earthworks and mounds that were used to defend Savannah.
How to get to Skidaway Island State Park
The park is accessible by private vehicle only. From historic downtown Savannah, take Harry S. Truman Parkway south. Exit at Whitfield Avenue after about 8.5 miles and make a left. Go straight for approximately four miles and then turn left onto State Park Road. Signs will guide you into the park.
Best and worst time to go to Skidaway Island State Park
It is best to avoid the heat of the day, and plan to arrive at 7:00 a.m. when the park opens. Alternatively, visitors may enjoy evening sunset hikes. The park closes at 10:00 p.m.
Admission to Skidaway Island State Park
Admission is assessed at $5.00 per vehicle. Passenger vans carrying 13-30 people are charged $30.00. Campsites range from $26.00 - $45.00.
Must see/do at Skidaway Island State Park
If you only have time for one hike on your visit, opt for the Sandpiper Trail Loop. At just one mile, it will take you over boardwalks and allow you to view the Liquor Still Site and the remaining Confederate Earthworks.
Other places to visit near Skidaway Island State Park
Historic downtown Savannah is a quick 15 minute drive, and the Tybee Island beaches are within a 30-40 minute drive.
Insider tip for visitors to Skidaway Island State Park
Be sure to grab a schedule when you stop in at the ranger's office to buy your parking pass. The park offers (nearly) daily programs that are kid-friendly. Offerings include lectures about the different types of wildlife on the island, craft activities, bird watching, and safety tips.
Author's bio: Jamie Davis is a freelance writer and top-selling author with Llewellyn Worldwide. She lives on Wilmington Island, an area of Savannah, Georgia. She loves all things coastal Georgia and if pressed to describe herself in one word, she would choose "traveler." She can be found at http://jamiedaviswrites.com.