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Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, Hardeeville

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  • Came on a perfect sunny day in April and we didn't see much of anything... I suggest that if you do have an hour to kill this place is the right place but if you don't just keep on driving by... There...  more »
  • Brought my kids here to check out the sights, while in Pooler for a family emergency. Wanted to give them something exciting to do/see to pass some time. They really enjoyed seeing all the alligators ...  more »
  • So one of the GA state park employees told us about this little gem. First it is amazingly free! The visitor center is located right off of Rt 17, however most of the refuge is locate further down the...  more »
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  • Awesome place! You feel like you're in a different world. The wildlife you see there is unique and interesting. I highly recommend the driving tour for a good 2-3 hour adventure. We saw two American Alligators in the middle of the day. They say you see more in the early morning and evening if that's what you're going for. Only about 15 minutes from Savannah if you're in town.
  • I was traveling in the area and looking for a park to spend the afternoon at. This place is beautiful. I saw several species of birds I don't usually set my eyes on and a baby Alligator. I didn't get to visit the welcome center, it was a holiday and therefore the building was closed, but on the other side of the park was another entrance with a self guided driving tour set up, and a place to pick up guidebooks and maps. I walked about a mile or two into the park from that side. This is a great place for a nature walk, or bike ride, or see the sights from your air conditioned car.
  • Please do yourself a huge favor and stop by either on your way to or from Savannah. Or if you're staying in the city make this small trip (10-15 minute drive) to the refuge. You will not regret it. We passed by here on our way to Savannah and decided to check it out on the way back. We stopped at the visitors center where they had clean bathrooms. The hostess kindly gave us a map and a pamphlet on animals commonly seen at the refuge. She let us know there are trails, but that if we drive down just a bit we can drive a 4 mile drive around the refuge and stop as we please. We opted for this. Wow wow wow. Not only is the land beautiful but you are guaranteed to see wildlife. We saw 13 alligators! Tons of birds. And if you're looking for that iconic Spanish moss Savannah picture, we'll you'll get it here. It took us about an hour to tour the whole 4 mile refuge, maybe a little longer. We stopped and got out to look at the wildlife. Bring your camera! There is also a Jurassic Park like feel to it because you tune your radio in to get a guided tour at a few check points. It's free, it's a must do. Go!
  • Amazing park if you have time to drive slow, and pull over often. We spent about 3hours here, and saw around 50+ alligators, not to mention other countless animals. This is really an amazing experience. However if you drive through it at 20mph + as some people were doing, you will simply not get anything from this park other than possibly seeing a few birds.
  • Great place to visit. Do the drive through first and tune your radio to the looping guide. It repeats, so you may have to turn it down between new sites. Best place to view alligators and local waterfowl, rice paddies from the colonial days, huge live oak trees draped in Spanish Moss. Parking inside park is limited. Only one port-o-let about a half mile in. If you walk/run the place, bring your camera, sun screen hat and plenty of water!!! It gets really hot in the summer. Across the entrance to the park there is another area where you can park and walk along the canals... get really close to alligators sunning on the bank. Grass can grow really tall and lots of briers. In late summer you can pick blackberries, but watch for snakes and alligators!!! Good for older kids, rough going for younger ones. Wildlife interpretation center is far from the entry. Would be nice if they were close together or had a rest area with real bathrooms, but if you are into rustic, then this is the place!