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Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

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The perfect way to experience local wildlife and best of all it is FREE!

The Savannah National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was established April 6, 1927, and consists of freshwater marshes, tidal rivers and creeks, and bottomland hardwoods.  About half the refuge is bottomland, composed primarily of cypress, gum, and maple species.  Access to these areas is by boat only.  All dikes are open to foot travel during daylight hours (unless otherwise posted) and provide excellent wildlife observation points.  Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy nearly 40 miles of hiking and bicycling trails and motorists are welcome on the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive, which meanders along four miles of earthen dikes through managed freshwater pools and hardwood hammocks.  On this drive you will see migratory waterfowl and alligators.  Visitors can also enjoy other wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities such as hunting and fishing which are allowed at certain times of the year.  Stop by and experience the interactive exhibit hall and refuge orientation video at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. 

Note:  Birdwatching opportunities are good all year but are at their peak from October – April.  Alligators can even be seen in winter on warm, sunny days, but are most easily viewed when basking in the Spring and Fall. 

Hours:  Monday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm, 7-days a week (excluding federal holidays)

Admission: FREE




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