Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah GA
52 Diamond Causeway
Savannah, GA 31411
RATES: $26 - $45
$5 parking fee
CHECK IN/OUT: Check in at 1 pm/Check out before 1 pm.
ACCESS: 7 am - 10 pm.
MAPS: At Office
PULL THRUS: 70
PICNIC SHELTERS: yes
SITE SURFACE: dirt
HOOK-UPS: Water & 30/50 Amp
WIFI: At office
DUMP STATION: Yes
SHADE TREES: Yes
BOAT RAMP: Available outside park within 1/2 mile on the intracoastal waterway
FEATURES: 3 playground, interpretive center, Geogaching, Cabins, nature trails, bike rental and activities with a ranger
PET FRIENDLY: Yes
Marine Education Center and
Moon River District
Pin Point Heritage Museum
Savannah River Street
Tybee Island Beaches
Wormsloe State Historic Site
Skidaway Island State Park borders Skidaway Narrows, a part of the intracoastal waterway, and is located near historic Savannah. Skidaway Island is one of Georgia's barrier islands, a chain of islands that lines the entire coast of Georgia. The park opened in 1975, after the property was transferred to the state of Georgia from the timber company that owned most of the island.
The park is part of the Colonial Coast Birding Trail. Large birds of prey, like bald eagles and ospreys, may be present in the park year-round. Ducks and loons winter over in the park, and songbirds use the island as a waystation during their spring migrations. In the summer, colorful nesting birds such as the painted bunting, bluebird, summer tanager and orchard oriole may be spotted while hiking.
Skidaway Island is home to the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, a research institution operated by the University of Georgia and is used by scholars and researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Savannah State University and College of Coastal Georgia. The Jay Wolf Nature Trail and Aquarium at the Georgia Marine Extension Service is open to the public and very enjoyable.
We camped here in August 2016 in our motorhome and loved the wide sites nestled under the live oaks and Spanish moss. The park is easy to get into but the roads do narrow a little in the campground. We didn't have any problems in our 35 ft motorhome.
There are six miles of trails within the park, Sandpiper Trail (ADA accessible), the 3-mile Big Ferry Trail, the one mile Avian Way Loop and the one mile Connector Trail. They offer boardwalks and observation platforms and wind through saltwater marshes and maritime forests. See more information about the trails at my Hike and Bike Trails site.
We visited the Pin Point Heritage Museum in the Moon River District and had a personal guide through the restored oyster processing factory. She told us the story of Pin Point, a historic Gullah Geechee community.
We also toured the Wormsloe Historic site under century old trees and tabby ruins. We then drove along the Bluff Drive in Moon River's historic riverside village.
DIRECTIONS FROM ATLANTA:
I-75 south to I-16 toward Savannah.
Exit at I-516 (#164A), which turns into DeRenne Avenue.
Turn right on Truman Parkway and exit at Whitefield Ave and turn left.
Follow to Skidaway Island on the Diamond Causeway and turn left on State Park Road.
NOTE: Turn left at first light getting onto the Island. Sometimes GPS devices miss this turn
Link to google map here
GPS Coordinates:N 31.9493100 | W -81.053710
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