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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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  • So bike ride. An easy bike ride. The wildlife 'show in spring will be amazing. Don't miss this for a day outing for exploration, fishing, etc.  more »
  • Great place for hiking or a scenic drive. Drive into the park and park by the trailhead. Lots of animals! Gorgeous views!! The section between green pond and goose pond was my favorite!  more »
  • What a beautiful drive through HNWR! I saw many beautiful birds I'd never seen before and even a couple of armadillos. The trees are beautiful in their natural state and dripping with Spanish Moss. Th...  more »