Temporary Refuge Closures


The Savannah NWR Visitor Center remains closed until further notice, in an effort to keep our staff, volunteers, and visitors safe from the COVID-19 outbreak.  Managers are monitoring the situation daily, and will make a decision to reopen as local conditions improve, and in accordance with federal reopening guidelines.

Unrelated to the coronavirus pandemic, the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive is also closed until further notice; this includes all vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian use on the drive and its associated trails. The contruction project to repair one of the primary water control structures on the refuge's freshwater diversion canal, which began back in October of 2019, has now resumed.  As was the case during the previous closure, it is unsafe for visitors to be on the drive or associated trails while contractors are working. Weekend and holiday openings of the drive are possible, if crews are not working and conditions are safe for visitors. Refuge staff will notify the public week to week of any temporary openings. For the most up-to-date information, please follow us on Facebook.

Wildlife observation, hiking, and bicycling opportunities are still available daily, from sunrise to sunset, on the trails north of SC 170 and at Kingfisher Pond.  Visitors are also welcome at Pinckney Island and Harris Neck NWRs. 

We urge our visitors to do their part when visiting to follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectuous diseases by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick.