1000 Business Center Dr., Ste., Savannah Georgia 31405
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge's 26,295 acres include freshwater marshes, tidal rivers and creeks, bottomland hardwoods, and old rice fields of plantations dating back to the mid- and late-1700s. Many of the dikes enclosing these pools were originally built by slaves and itinerant Irishmen. All dikes are open to foot travel during daylight hours unless otherwise posted and provide excellent wildlife observation points. The Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive meanders along 4 miles of the earthen dikes through managed freshwater pools and hardwood hammocks. About half the refuge is river bottomland composed mainly of cypress, gum, and maple species. Although access to this area is primarily by boat, one dike, the Tupelo Swamp Trail, is located adjacent to the northernmost impoundment and affords visitors hiking opportunities within the bottomland habitat.
From Savannah, travel US Hwy. 17 north across the Talmadge Bridge. Turn left on SC Hwy. 170 south and look for the entrance.
Other Wildlife Viewing nearby:
(Rincon) Effingham Animal Hospital
(Ellabelle) Ogeechee Outpost
(Savannah) Wolf Island National Wildlife Refuge
05/25 Coming to The Savannah area
Vidalia Onion Festival Vidalia GA April18-21 Cooking School, Miss and Little Miss Vidalia Onion Pageants, Onion Maze, Onion Cook-off, Tasting Competition, The Onion Run, parades, carnival, rodeo, street dance, onion shootgun shoot, as well as a Dutch oven cooking demonstration.
Woodbine Crawfish Festival Woodbine GA April26-27 The annual Crawfish Festival is a family oriented event and offers something for all ages from children's amusements to arts & crafts, to cloggers, square dancers and live bands.
Colleton County Rice Festival Walterboro SC April26-28 Rice Run-Walk, Dog Show, Open Car Show. Performance by Common Ground.
Sacred Heart Garden Festival Augusta GA April26-28 Historic Sacred Heart Cultural Center in downtown Augusta, GA will be the focus for classic southern gardening during its annual garden festival. Join us as we celebrate the advent of spring and raise funds to support the magnificent sacred heart cultural center.
Hazlehurst BBQ Fest Hazlehurst GA May3-4 The competition is sanctioned by the Georgia Barbecue Association.
Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Fernandina Beach FL May3-5 The town of Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida is the birthplace of the modern, motorized shrimping industry. The origin of our Shrimp Festival was an annual spring shrimp boat race, during which the shrimpers' wives served shrimp dishes.