Please Don't Use Rideshare Services to Visit the Refuge

The Savannah NWR Visitor Center is a 3-mile drive on two highways from the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive.  If you get dropped off at the Visitor Center, you will have no transportation to get you to the wildlife drive which is our main wildlife viewing area. Cell service is terrible in this area as well so it may be impossible for you to contact the service to get a ride back. 

Please Leave Your Pups At Home

In addition to protecting birds and other native wildlife from disturbance, the "no dogs" policy is also in place to protect your pup. The refuge is full of hidden dangers big (American alligators) and small (LOTS of ticks!). So please, while visiting this special place, be sure to do your part to protect wildlife, your pet, and your wallet (violators of this regulation will be ticketed and fined) by leaving all pets at home.

Visit Us

National wildlife refuges offer us all a chance to unplug from the stresses of daily life and reconnect with our natural surroundings. There are wildlife-dependent recreational activities offered year-round at Savannah National Wildlife Refuge including hiking, bicycling, wildlife viewing, photography, fishing and hunting.  Refuge lands are open 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset, unless otherwise posted. The Visitor Center is open Monday - Friday from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, excluding all federal holidays. 

Please do not use ride services such as Uber and Lyft to visit the refuge as most sites require driving to and from, and cellular service is not always available. 


There are wildlife-dependent recreational activities offered year-round at Savannah National Wildlife Refuge including hiking, bicycling, wildlife viewing, photography, fishing and hunting. 

Related Documents


Savannah NWR general map and trail map

Savannah NWR Beech Hill Trail Guide

Trail guide for the Beech Hill Nature Trail at Savannah NWR.

Other Facilities in the Complex

Savannah NWR is one of seven refuges administered by the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex which is headquartered at the Savannah NWR Visitor Center located in Hardeeville, South Carolina.

Rules and Policies

There are many fun and interesting things to do and see during your visit to Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, but it is our job to ensure the habitat that our wildlife calls "home" is protected. Below are some important regulations that help keep both visitors and wildlife safe.

  • The refuge is open during daylight hours only; overnight use and/or camping (including campfires) are not permitted.
  • Some areas may be closed seasonally to protect wildlife from human disturbance. Such areas are posted "Area Beyond This Sign Closed."
  • Feeding, capturing, or harassing wildlife is strictly prohibited unless authorized by permit.
  • Launching, landing, or disturbing of wildlife by aircraft (drones) on the refuge is prohibited.
  • Dogs, cats, and other pets are not permitted on the refuge unless confined inside a vehicle.
  • Picking or cutting vegetation is prohibited.
  • All of the refuge's archaeological and natural resources are protected. Artifact hunting/collecting is not allowed.
  • Automobiles must remain on the wildlife drive. Hikers and bicyclers are encouraged to stay on marked trails.
  • The refuge, unless otherwise posted, is open to hiking, biking, wildlife observation, interpretation, environmental education, and photography. It is also open, in certain areas and times of the year, to hunting and fishing; review refuge hunting and fishing regulations for details.


Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
694 Beech Hill LaneHardeeville,SC29927
Refuge Lands
Sunrise - Sunset
Visitor Center Hours
Mon - Sat (excluding federal holidays)