Skidaway Island State Park

Skidaway Island State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 912-598-2300

 

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Located near historic Savannah, this park borders Skidaway narrows, a part of Georgia’s intracoastal waterway. Trails wind through maritime forest and past salt marsh, leading to a boardwalk and observation tower. Visitors can watch for deer, fiddler crabs, raccoon, egrets and other wildlife. Inside the park’s interpretive center, birders will find binoculars, reference books and a window where they can look for migrating species such as Painted Buntings. Children will especially enjoy seeing the towering, 20-foot Giant Ground Sloth replica and reptile room. 

A scenic campground is nestled under live oaks and Spanish moss, and some RV sites have sewer hookups. Leashed pets are allowed. Groups can enjoy privacy in their own pioneer campgrounds. Open-air picnic shelters and an enclosed group shelter are popular spots for parties, reunions and other celebrations. For cooling off during summer, Tybee Island's beaches are less than an hour away.

The park’s camper cabins offer screened porches, air conditioning, a bathroom with shower, kitchen, master bedroom and kids’ sleeping loft. Guests bring their own linens, towels, dishes and cooking utensils. Outside, visitors will find a picnic table, grill and fire ring. Pets are not allowed in camper cabins but are allowed in campsites.

$5 parking. Annual passes available.
GeorgiaStateParks.org/SkidawayIsland

Park Hours:

7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Office Hours:

8 a.m.–8 p.m.

Accommodations & Facilities:

• 588 Acres
• 3 Camper Cabins
• 87 Campsites
• 3 Pioneer Campgrounds — groups of 10+ only
• 5 Picnic Shelters
Group Shelter (seats 150)
• Interpretive Center
wireless connection Available in the park office

Things To Do & See:

• Hiking — 6 miles of trails
• Birding — Colonial Coast Birding Trail
• Bicycle and Street Strider Rental
• Ranger Programs
• 3 Playgrounds
• Volleyball
• Geocaching
• Trolley Tours to Historic Savannah
Host a 5K Race
Birthday Parties
• Weddings — park approval required

Nearby Attractions:

Florida State Parks
Fort McAllister State Park
Fort Morris Historic Site
Golden Isles of Georgia
• Historic Savannah, Georgia
Richmond Hill, Georgia
• UGA Aquarium
• Tybee Island Beaches
Wormsloe Historic Site

Saltwater Paddling Trail


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Events
Water Quality
Thursday, Mar 23, 2017 10 AM to 11 AM
The earth is 71% water, but what water are you drinking? Join us at the Interpretive Center to learn about water quality, water pollution, and test the waters of Skidaway Island. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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History Hike
Thursday, Mar 23, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Join us on a 3-mile hike to see the historic Civil War earthworks and Native American shell mounds. Meet at the Interpretive Center, bring water, and wear sturdy walking shoes. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Ancient Art
Thursday, Mar 23, 2017 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
In prehistoric times, Skidaway Island was home to the Yamasee and Guale peoples. We see them today in their shell middens and pottery. Learn about the materials they used to create the art that archaeologist find today, by doing it yourself! Expect an activity with ochre based paint and crafting with clay. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Stars of Skidaway Island
Thursday, Mar 23, 2017 7:45 PM to 8:45 PM
We’ll have star charts, red-lensed flashlights and moon binoculars ready for viewing and learning about the major visible constellations. Meet at the Interpretive Center and we’ll walk you to the ‘gazing location. Bring flashlights with a red lens, wear warm clothes and closed toed shoes. Families welcome, no pets please. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Get Lost and Start a Campfire
Friday, Mar 24, 2017 1 PM to 2 PM
Bring your family to this program for tips on how NOT to get lost in the woods, and what to do if it happens anyway. We will talk about important tools you can use to keep yourself safe, what to do in a best and worst case scenario, then spark a fire of our own. Meet at the Interpretive Center. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Turtle Hurdles
Friday, Mar 24, 2017 3 PM to 4 PM
Learn all about the sea turtles of the Georgia coast; what turtles you find here, what obstacles they face, how the Department of Natural Resources protects them, and what you can do to help. Prepare for an activity and fun information about turtles. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Dusk Hike, Sounds, Sights, and Smells of the Night
Friday, Mar 24, 2017 6:45 PM to 7:45 PM
Join us at the Interpretive Center parking lot for a short hike to explore the darkness. We’ll be using black-light flashlights to explore the trail for glowing bugs and plants, and using our senses to explore what our eyes might miss. Wear closed toed shoes, no pets, and bring flashlights with a red lens if possible. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Pollination 101 and Visit the Bees
Saturday, Mar 25, 2017 10 AM to 11 AM
What do bees, butterflies, and bats all have in common? All of them are essential parts of the pollination cycle for almost all plants and crops. Bring the family to the Interpretive Center where you’ll learn the basics of how pollination works and why it is so important, then we’ll trek to the hive to see the process for ourselves. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Archery for Beginners
Saturday, Mar 25, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Learn the basics of archery and see if this hobby is right for you. We will provide all the equipment you need to be hitting the bulls-eye in no time. Must be 9 and up to participate. Must call the Interpretive Center to pre-register. Arrive 5 minutes early to sign a waiver. Program is outdoor and weather permitting. Bring water and bug spray.  $10 plus $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Skidaway Island Creek Life
Saturday, May 6, 2017 1:30 PM to 3 PM
Come out and hike along with one of our Park Rangers as we trek along the Sandpiper and Avian loop trails. Bring your eyes and ears as you will be learning about the vast creek system that runs through the island and the various living organisms that inhabit them. $5 parking. 912-598-2300.
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Address/Directions
Skidaway Island State Park
52 Diamond Causeway
Savannah, GA 31411
Chatham County


GPS Coordinates:

N 31.9493100 | W -81.053710
Located 15 miles southeast of Savannah on Diamond Causeway. Turn left at the first traffic light on Skidaway Island to enter the park. Please note that some GPS devices will miss this important turn.


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Skidaway Island State Park
52 Diamond Causeway
Savannah, GA 31411 View Details


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Skidaway Island State Park