Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, Hardeeville

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The Savannah National Wildlife Refuge is a 29,175 acre National Wildlife Refuge located in Chatham and Effingham counties in Georgia and Jasper County in South Carolina. Of the total area, 14163acre is in Georgia and 15011acre is in South Carolina. The refuge was established to provide a nature and forest preserve for aesthetic and conservation purposes.The refuge is one of seven refuges administered by the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex in Savannah, Georgia. The complex has a combined staff of 31 with a fiscal year 2005 budget of $3,582,000.HistoryThe first European visitors to the Savannah, Georgia area arrived in 1526. James Oglethorpe established the city of Savannah in 1733. By the mid-eighteenth century, rice planters were farming much of the land that is now part of the refuge. The old rice levees, which were built by hand, form the basis for current impoundment dikes. Remnants of the original rice field trunk water control structures and narrow dikes are still visible in some places. Within the impoundment system there are 36 historic and prehistoric archeological sites which have been located and inventoried. On April 6, 1927, Executive Order No. 4626 established the Savannah River Bird Refuge and set aside 2352acre as a preserve and breeding ground for native birds. On November 12, 1931, Executive Order No. 5748 added 207acre to the refuge and renamed the area the Savannah River Wildlife Refuge. An additional 6527acre were assigned to the refuge on June 17, 1936, by Executive Order No. 7391. On July 25, 1940, Presidential Proclamation 2416 renamed the refuge the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge.
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  • September 19, 2017
    If you're looking for something to do that's quick, educational, free and informative this is it. We stopped at the Visitor Center to get a map and please be sure to ask where on the map gators have b...  more »
  • September 15, 2017
    Visited when I had a few hours to kill and am really glad that I did. Lots of wildlife and a very pretty drive. Not a place to spend more than an hour or so, but if you are in the area, check it out!  more »
  • August 30, 2017
    Unlike so many attractions, this is free of charge. The whole thing takes around half an hour and comprises a self drive through some lowland areas. There are stopping points where you can tune your r...  more »
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  • August 31, 2017
    We love spending the afternoon taking a ride through "alligator alley" as my family calls it. It's so peaceful and relaxing. If you go in May/June you will be lucky enough to see the Swallow Tail Kites feeding on dragonflies. We have even seen bobcats prowling the marshy swamps. Go slow and bring your camera! Watch out for snakes on the paths and enjoy the parts of the drive where you go under the mossy oak branches!
  • August 23, 2017
    Went to the welcome center hoping to go on a few trails but found the every trail start at a different location resulting in having to drive to every single trail. It would be good if a few of the trails linked back to the welcome center. Apart from that the trails are nice. Would recommend not going during the summer as it can get humid with lots of bugs flying around.
  • August 26, 2017
    Really cool place. We saw multiple crocs which was awesome. If you can, biking through is lots of fun, just bring ponchos because it poured down rain when we were there.
  • May 27, 2017
    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.
  • September 10, 2017
    I thoroughly enjoy this place. I come here often just to see the changes every few months. This place is peaceful.

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