Coastal Georgia is one of those places people travel to for a break from reality. A sense of tranquility encompasses visitors, and the scenery is tough to beat. This state park in Georgia is one of the state's best-kept secrets and might be every nature lover's dream.
Skidaway Island State Park on Georgia's Intercoastal Waterway is just 20 minutes from historic Savannah. This entire park winds through multiple salt marshes and maritime forests.
There are approximately 7 miles of hiking and biking trails so visitors could easily spend the entire day at this location. The park offers bike rentals, which make it easier for guests to see the whole park faster.
Between all the trails, it can be challenging to figure out where to start, but the Avian Loop Trail is the only one that'll take hikers to the waterway where they might catch a glimpse of dolphins swimming and ospreys flying around.
This trail is a one-mile loop, which is perfect for those humid Savannah days. It'll bring visitors through an oak filled forest with Spanish moss dripping over the branches to make this hike a scenic one.
Fun fact, Spanish moss used to be an epiphyte used to stuff mattresses back in the day, and chigger bugs call this moss their home. According to the park's official website, this is why many Georgians' say, “Sleep tight; don’t let the bed bugs bite!” It's best not to touch the moss when strolling along the trail.
Tides flow in and out of the marsh every six hours. So those who take this trail can watch as the tides change and see how strong they roll in. It's an experience like no other and might mesmerize visitors.
If you can't get enough of the park, the camping options are also dreamy. Guests can spend the night under thousands of stars while surrounded by old oak trees.
Price: $5 per car
Address: 52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, GA
Why You Need To Go: This park encompasses what Coastal Georgia is all about and has plenty of scenic spots for visitors to explore.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.