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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. Currently, the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive is open daily, but the trails north of SC 170 remain closed due to impoundment renovations. We expect that work to finish and the area to reopen by the end of 2023, if not sooner. 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. 


There are trails accessible from the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive that are open to hiking and bicycling. All of these trails are wide, earthen dikes covered with grass and would only be suitable for a bicycle with thicker tires. 

There are also trails accessible from the Kingfisher Pond Recreation Area. These trails are single-track, meandering through wooded areas and are also open to hiking and bicycling.

Related Documents

The full refuge map below represents the entire refuge, while the refuge trail map represents the small portion of the refuge where most visitor use occurs, including the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive. The Beech Hill Nature Trail Guide is to be used while exploring the Beech Hill Trail located behind the Savannah NWR Visitor Center. 

Savannah NWR Map

Full map of the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge.

Savannah NWR Trail Map

Savannah NWR 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
Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive and all other refuge lands
Sunrise - Sunset
Visitor Center Hours
Mon - Fri (excluding federal holidays)
10 am - 2 pm