Regular readers of my blog can probably take a guess that I’m not much of a city person. As much as I enjoyed my visit to Savannah, Georgia, I did make sure to take the opportunity to get out of the city to explore the surrounding areas.
Skidaway Island State Park is just about a 20 minute drive South of the city and the 588 acre park hosts a selection of beautiful trails and camping sites that make it a popular escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
I was lucky enough to be able to camp there overnight in one of their huge and beautiful campsites and we were able to use it as a launching point for several lovely trails.
I enjoyed the Big Ferry Loop so much, I actually walked it twice in a single day- both in the early morning and late afternoon for optimal lighting options. It’s only a two to three-mile loop depending on your route and, judging by the runners who repeatedly lapped me on my leisurely walk, it’s a popular place for a scenic jog.
The Spanish Moss in this area was absolutely taking over and completely gorgeous. I’m not from the area and I loved seeing the beautiful trailing plants, especially in and around the old Liquor Still Loop where it was really prolific.
I genuinely enjoyed the variety of ecosystems that exist within this park. The Big Ferry Loop was mostly lush and woodsy with salt marshes, earthworks, and even a freshwater pond where alligators occasionally visit- though I didn’t see any on my trip. The Sandpiper Trail Loop in another section of the park felt like an entirely different space- much dryer with a boardwalk path over salt flats making it wheelchair accessible, compared to the Big Loop Ferry’s more muddy route.
The trails I visited were gentle and relaxing, but engaging enough to not be boring. The wildlife in this area was incredible considering how close it is to major city- several times on my hike I simple stopped and listened to the chorus of bird song. It must be such a huge draw for bird watching enthusiasts!
Skidaway Island State Park was an excellent little getaway from the city and definitely worth a visit by those looking to get a dose of nature in their day- and for those looking to stay overnight, there are plenty of camping options and even some cabin rentals available! I’ll definitely be heading back next time I’m in the area.