Plan Your Visit

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge provides numerous wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities to thousands of visitors every year.


Know Before You Go

  • DO NOT use taxis or ride services such as Uber or Lyft as transportation to and from the refuge. The wildlife viewing areas of the refuge are over 3 miles from the Visitor Center via public highways, and there is no on-site transportation to take visitors from one area to another. Also, cell service is very inconsistent, so you may have trouble making a call to get a return ride. 
  • Birdwatching opportunities are good all year, but are best from October through April. Waterfowl are most abundant from November – February. Alligators can even be seen in winter on warm, sunny days, but are most easily viewed when basking in the spring and fall.
  • Alligators may be encountered on the wildlife drive or any of the trails; it is potentially dangerous (and a violation of state and federal law) to feed or harass this reptile in any way.
  • Mosquitos and flies may be prevalent during spring and summer months; be sure to bring bug spray.
  • Overgrowth on trails and dikes may conceal snakes, poison ivy, or stinging insects.
  • There are no shelters for visitor protection from the sun or inclement weather, except at the visitor center.
  • Drinking water is only available at the visitor center.
  • Restrooms are located at the visitor center, and there are two portable toilets along the wildlife drive.
  • Tell a friend or relative where you are going and when to expect your return.


Points of Interest

  • Experience the interactive exhibit hall and refuge orientation video at the Savannah NWR Visitor Center.
  • Take home a souvenir from the Gator Hole, a nature store operated by the non-profit Friends of the Savannah Coastal Wildlife Refuges.
  • View wildlife and habitat from the comfort of your vehicle by touring the 4-mile Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive.
  • Explore nearly 40 miles of hiking and bicycling trails.
  • FREE Junior Refuge Manager program for children ages 5 – 12.