Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Overview

Area name

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Area Location

Exit 5 on I95 in Hardeeville, U.S. Highway 17 south toward Savannah. Follow Highway 170 from the split to the right and continue for approximately 2.5 miles to the entrance.

Area Map

Access

Hours of Operation: Visitors center open Monday through Sunday from 09:00 – 4:00, closed on Sunday and all Federal Holidays.

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge is located approximately 6 miles from Savannah, GA and approximately 8 miles south of Hardeeville.

Facilities

No pets. An excellent place for hiking, cycling, and photography.

Background

Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive is the easiest part of the refuge to access.

The refuge was established to provide a nature and forest preserve for conservation purpose and is known as one of the best places in South Carolina to find Purple Gallinule breeding. Stop at the entrance to look at the map and additional birding information, birding here is great all year long.

Key Birds

Resident

Anhinga, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Glossy Ibis, White Ibis, Bald Eagle, Red-shouldered Hawk, Clapper Rails, King Rail, Barn Owl, Yellow-throated Warbler, Wood Duck, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Duck, American Black Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged Teal, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Canvasback, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser, Common Moorhen.

Spring

Northern Waterthrush

Summer

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Least Bittern, Wood Stork, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Purple Gallinule, Black-necked Stilt, Least Tern, Common Nighthawk, Summer Tanager, Indigo Bunting, Painted Bunting, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Common Nighthawk.

Fall

Northern Waterthrush

Winter

American Bittern, Canvasback, Sora, Virginia Rail, Sedge Wren, Black-and-white Warbler, Rusty Blackbird, American Coot, White-eyed Vireo, Gray Catbird, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Yellow-throated Warbler.