Monday April 20, 2020
After weeks of being holed up in the house and limiting activities, getting out and exploring the beautiful historic city of Savannah’s outdoor treasures is sure to bring much-needed relief to the senses. While many outdoor parks are partially or entirely closed to the public, they will be some of the first places to open. So, start planning your Savannah adventure now, being sure to include these five most beloved outdoor respites.
1. Wormsloe Historic Site
As one of the city’s most popular historical sites, sightseeing at Wormsloe is a must-see for outdoor enthusiasts wanting to learn more about Savannah’s rich past. Guests can wander freely about a few miles of maritime forest trails and marshlands, where wildlife is plentiful and majestic live oaks are draped with seemingly ancient moss. There is also a 45-minute guided tour of the plantation property, where you can explore the ruins of the magnificent home that once graced the landscape.
2. Pickney Island National Wildlife Refuge
The best wildlife viewing near Savannah can be found at Pinckney Island’s National Wildlife Refuge just south of Hilton Head, SC. Thanks to the salt marshes and river deltas in the region, this is a hotspot for Mother Nature’s creatures. Birdwatching amid these family-friendly zones is a popular hobby here, as is photography due to the presence of harmless butterflies right alongside prehistoric alligators. After a nice hike, cool off at the secluded beach at White Point within the refuge.
3. Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge
Another popular park is Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, which boasts an incredible history along with some of the most incredible creatures. In fact, you can literally get face to face with wild herons, ducks and other waterfowl with ease here. However, there are plenty of alligators in the refuge, so you’ll want to keep a close eye out for them along walking paths—especially near the water. Those just seeking a nice drive and want a picnic can enjoy paved roads throughout the park, while those ready for adventure can fish, bike and hunt in Harris Neck.
4. McQueen’s Island Historic Trail
Enjoy six miles of woodlands and wildlife throughout the marshlands of the Savannah River and South Channel that comprise McQueen’s Island Historic Trail. Accessible via two easy entrances, the trail can actually be taken even farther by traversing the bridge to Ft. Pulaski where a surprise awaits visitors. Runners and cyclists flock here, as the gravel is packed but easy on the knees. Many also come here to enjoy the trailside workout stations that feature parallel bars, balance beams, fireman’s poles and much more—all free of charge.
5. Bull River
Nothing speaks of Savannah’s historical past like a cruise on a traditional riverboat. Bull River has companies that offer ecologically friendly tours of the creeks and marshes that allow for prime wildlife, sea birds and even dolphins! In fact, the dolphins are a top sightseeing tour on Bull River, so you’ll want to schedule a cruise for brunch, sunset, or romantic dinners to soak in the best of the region while relaxing.
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