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Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

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Gators galore!

3 miles of interesting countryside. The road is well maintained with photo blind opportunity... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Donnie G
Charleston, South Carolina
Always fun experience; great for photographers

Went here after many years of visiting Savannah - and we went 2 days back to back. The drive is a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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694 Beech Hill Ln, Hardeeville, SC 29927-8958
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Reviewed 1 week ago

3 miles of interesting countryside. The road is well maintained with photo blind opportunity. Gators are everywhere in the water areas and can be viewed openly and safely.

1  Thank Donnie G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here after many years of visiting Savannah - and we went 2 days back to back. The drive is a lot of fun, with opportunities to view many different species of shore birds and to get to know the North American Alligator. Bring your...More

1  Thank FredoftheWorld
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is phenomenal. Start at the Visitors Center and see the video. Talk to a ranger and get the map. Ask where wildlife had been recently spotted. Then drive to the refuge. We took the 4 mile driving loop 4 times over. Each time...More

1  Thank Giggy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a free 4 mile drive through old plantation and tidal marsh area. We saw 6 alligators, crabs, frogs and dozens of birds. If you have time to visit this is about 15 minute drive North of Savannah. It is a drive through, but...More

Thank glenn d
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I took my young children to see the alligators. They were so excited! One of my girls was a bit disappointed when she learned that alligators aren't friendly, so it was also a learning experience.

Thank Susan S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We drove to the main office building where we were greeted by the sweetest gentleman. He offered a plethora of information on the wildlife in the area and directions on getting to the trail. It was awfully hot so we weren't sure if we would...More

Thank Katertot126
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Love it here. So much to see and hear if you roll your windows down. Peaceful. Saw deer, bobcat, turtles, gators, and a snake.

2  Thank OneTankRoadTripper
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Took a break from the beach to try the refuge and some hiking with my pup. What we found was many places that weren’t dog friendly and poorly marked trails. This place is better if you’re a human & especially a human who likes to...More

1  Thank paulo27
Reviewed 8 September 2018

A wonderfully scenic and slow few mile drive filled with lots of birds and alligators to spot. This is great for the heat and the bugs, one can stop and jump out for photos or a closer look then be back in comfort. The Nature...More

Thank RoadTripChick2
Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

We were given advice from a friend to check the refuge out. We had a great ride, its just a small dirt road not even 2 lanes wide but great views. We saw 5 alligators between mile 2.5 and mile 4. If you've got 20...More

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Mallory B
30 June 2018|
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Response from OneTankRoadTripper | Reviewed this property |
People walk, run, jog, bike, etc the four mile tour all the time. It’s perfectly acceptable to do so. You can Uber there and back. You will need insect repellent. Hope you enjoy our refuge. 🙂
30 December 2017|
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Response from rmathijssen | Reviewed this property |
There are a lot of different animals. It's sometimes difficult to spot them, but it's nature, you will find many different birds, spiders, snakes, gators and many more.
4 August 2017|
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Response from N D | Reviewed this property |
I don't know too much about golf carts but the road through the refuge is long and rough. I only saw cars and trucks on the road. However, I think a golf cart could get through.