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Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, Savannah

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web
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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  • Harris Neck is an island about 8 miles east of I-95, and it's a solid option if you're looking to take a break from the expressway. There's a scenic loop drive dotted with walking trails and views of ...  read more »
  • Stacey Welch, a federal wildlife officer, turned us on to this place. We were biking around the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge and he told us of another location worth our time.Harris Neck National...  read more »
  • Was driving back from birding in Florida, Ocala and Gainesville area, and saw the sign for this place on I-95 so what the heck drove on in. Glad I did! First it is a no fee area. Thank you. Next it ha...  read more »
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