Skidaway Island State Park

Open daily. Admission $5 per vehicle. Leashed pets welcome.

Skidaway Island State Park – 588 acres of wetland and forest just east of Savannah – is one of coastal Georgia’s most attractive natural areas. A beautiful respite from the city, it offers walks through shaded woods and salt marsh environments, and a wide range of bird and animal life.

Skidaway Island, of which the State Park forms the western portion, is one of the larger of the Savannah area’s inland islands. It is bordered by Wassaw Island – and the Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge – to the east, the Skidaway River to the west, and the Wilmington and Vernon Rivers to the north and south.

Nearby are the Gullah-Geechee Pin Point Heritage Museum, Bethesda school and museum, and the charming riverfront town of Isle of Hope. If you want to explore the nearby creeks and marshes, you can also take a guided or unguided tour of the area by kayak.

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What To See & Do

Hiking & Nature Trails

Skidaway Island State Park has six miles of nature trails for hiking and biking. See trail map It is also a site on Georgia’s Coastal Birding Trail: osprey, bald eagles, painted buntings and woodpeckers are several of the many species that can be spotted in the park.

The 1-mile Sandpiper trail offers views over the salt marsh, with a boardwalk allowing closer access to the wetlands and their wildlife. Fiddler crabs and large wading birds such as herons and egrets can be seen in abundance.

The longer Big Ferry trail, at 3 miles, winds through the pine and oak forest of Skidaway Island. Leading past the location of the former ferry service that carried passengers from Savannah to Skidaway and back before the construction of the bridge, it passes through freshwater and forest landscapes before returning to the salt marsh. An observation tower allows a wider view over the surroundings and an ideal spot from which to view birds and other wildlife.

Two additional trails, the Avian Way Loop and Connector Trail, are each a mile long.

Historic Sites

Skidaway Island State Park’s longer Big Ferry trail visits several points of historic interest, including liquor stills left over from the Prohibition era (Skidaway was much used for the manufacture of illicit liquor, with dozens of sites discovered throughout the park); shell middens created by the island’s former American Indian inhabitants; and an old Civil War earthwork fort and battery.

Visitor Center

The visitor center has a scale model of an extinct giant sloth (a sloth skeleton was discovered on Skidaway Island in the 1820s, the first to be found in the United States) and living specimens of local reptiles, along with displays exploring the history of the island.

Special Events

Skidaway Island State Park hosts occasional special events, most of which have an emphasis on children’s activities. A small charge applies for some events, in addition to the regular parking fee. See upcoming events

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Visitor Information

The following is correct at the time of writing. Please verify details before planning your trip. For additional information call 912-598-2300 or visit the official website.

Opening hours Skidaway Island State Park is open daily, 7am-10pm.

Admission $5 per vehicle parking fee.

Getting There

Address 52 Diamond Causeway, Savannah, GA 31411
GPS coordinates N 31.949310, W -081.053710

Skidaway Island State Park is located on the western side of Skidaway Island, 15 miles southeast of downtown Savannah. See on map

Driving Driving is currently the easiest way to get to Skidaway. The drive from downtown Savannah will take around 30 minutes or so depending on traffic. The park is 25 miles (about 45 minutes) from Tybee Island.

Parking On-site parking is available, for which a $5 flat fee applies.

Public transport It is possible, but not especially convenient, to get to Skidaway by public transit, as Chatham Area Transit’s Route 20 bus has a stop near Skidaway Island State Park (the stop is a 15-20 minute walk from the interior of the park). Total travel time from downtown Savannah will be around 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours. Get public transport directions

Camping

Camping facilities at Skidaway Island include tent and RV sites, pioneer campgrounds and cabins (no pets in cabins). Camping fees are $26-$45 per night for camp sites and $135 for cabins. Call 800-864-7275 for reservations.