Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, Savannah

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Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1962. It consists of 2762acre of saltwater marsh, grassland, mixed deciduous woods, and cropland located on an abandoned military airfield in McIntosh County, Georgia, north of the intersection of Route 131 and Harris Neck Airport Road, about 30 miles (48 km) southwest of Savannah, Georgia.Early historyHarris Neck is a coastal peninsula located 30mi south of Savannah, Georgia in McIntosh County. The nearest town is South Newport, six miles (10 km) to the west. Originally named Dickinson's Neck, the peninsula was renamed when William Thomas Harris became the principal land owner in the mid-18th century.The land was deeded to a former slave in 1865 by a plantation owner. Black families settled in the area and built houses as well as oyster and crab processing factories.The original Harris Neck airfield was built sometime between 1929-32. Named "Harris Neck Intermediate Field Site #8", it was an emergency airfield for commercial planes on the Richmond-Jacksonville air route. The field consisted of an irregularly-shaped 93acre sod parcel, with two sod runways 2,600' east/west & 2,550' north/south in a criss-cross pattern. The field was said to be illuminated, but to offer no services. Harris Neck airfield closed to the public on 1 January 1942 when the Civil Air Patrol began anti-submarine flights. It was evidently abandoned later that same year, when a new military airfield was built a half-mile north. There is no trace of its existence today.
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  • To go visit the park. The bird numbers were down somewhat this weekend from what we normally witness. The wood storks were in abundance and made a racket. We did not see any alligators this time. That...  more »
  • Fun drive through a wildlife refuge that at one time was an airfield. Park your car and take in some of the short walks. We saw a eagle and lots of shore and other birds, so bring your camera or binoc...  more »
  • Go now to see gators (mating season) and nesting wood storks. Lots of trails to walk on and also auto trail. Best to go in morning before it gets too hot. Be sure to being bug spray and sunscreen.  more »
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  • A good mix of wetland and forest, there is a lot to see here, especially if you get out of your car and walk the trails. During the nesting season, Woody Pond is wondrous, full of all kinds of nesting wading birds including Wood Storks, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, and assorted herons. There are also plenty of Alligators to see around the ponds. Away from the ponds, there seems to be a healthy population of Wild Turkeys and Whitetail Deer. This is a terrific place to visit for any lover of nature and wildlife.
  • Gorgeous, tons of birds and alligators. Great trails.
  • A must see while on Coastal Georgia.
  • So peaceful and don't forget your camera.
  • Great hicking experience
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