Explore Natural Savannah – hiking, camping and fishing ideas in time for Earth Day and Arbor Day
People love Savannah for its history and culture, but as the spring weather heats up, Georgia’s beloved coastal city becomes a paradise for outdoor adventures, as well. For nature lovers, or even those who just like to get out once in a while, this area is one of the richest in preserves, parks, trails and waterways. Here’s a run-down of some of the best reasons to bring out the hiking shoes, life preservers, backpacks and tackle boxes.
Awe-inspiring hiking spots around Savannah
Known for its outdoor adventure, incredible trails and hikable spots are just minutes away. Hike beneath a breathtaking canopy of live oaks and Spanish moss on your way to the Wormsloe tabby ruins, the oldest standing structure in Georgia. Explore a moss-draped coastal forest on two trails at Skidaway Island State Park, with views of salt flats, Civil War-era earthworks, waterfowl, deer and the occasional dolphin sighting out in the waves. The trails lead through two islands, crossing over bridges and boardwalks with expansive marsh and tidal creek views. You can also try an epic backpacking adventure at Cumberland Island, with views of the Carnegie mansion ruins and herds of wild horses.
Camping – from cabins to sleeping under the stars
Everyone has their own level of outdoorsiness and camping spots around Savannah cater to every kind. At Skidaway Island State Park, you can reserve a camping site or rent a cabin, complete with a screened porch, kitchen, full bath, master bedroom and a loft, which the kids will love to turn into their own little hideaway. Along with hiking trails, the park also has playgrounds and a volleyball court. Camping at Tybee Island lets you enjoy the beach during the day and either RV or tent camping at night. But if you want really want to get in touch with nature, consider camping at Little Tybee Island, a spectacularly beautiful, completely unspoiled barrier island that’s accessible only by boat.
Fishing – saltwater to freshwater, offshore to inland
The area is unique in offering both saltwater and freshwater fishing experiences – and superior ones at that. For saltwater, we recommend either booking a charter boat or heading to Tybee Island, where you can surf cast or fish from one of three public fishing piers; Lazaretto Creek pier, Fisherman’s Walk on the back river, or the Tybee Pier and Pavilion. There’s also great fishing from Little Tybee Island, if you’ve got a boat ride to get there. For freshwater, there’s Fort Stewart, famous for largemouth bass, although being a military base, you’ll need to buy a special permit. There’s also four small public lakes; Lake Mayer, Louise Scott Stell Lake, Tom Triplett Lake and Frank Williamson Lake.
So, if you’d like to enjoy the great outdoors around Savannah this Spring, why not make plans today? Book your stay today!