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National Wildlife Refuge

Photo collage of Tupelo Trail, a 14 ft. American alligator, a Virginia rail feeding in the marsh and one of Savannah NWR's many freshwater impoundments.
694 Beech Hill Lane
Hardeeville, SC   29927
E-mail: savannahcoastal@fws.gov
Phone Number: (843) 784-2468
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The 3,000 acres of freshwater impoundments, managed for waterfowl and home to the refuge's most notorious resident, the American alligator, were formerly the rice fields of pl
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  Recreation and Education Opportunities

Environmental Education
Structured educational programs are available for schools, universities, and other groups on a limited basis. Please contact the Savannah Coastal Refuges complex headquarters in Savannah, Georgia for additional information.

Fishing is permitted in the freshwater pools from March 1 to November 30 and is governed by South Carolina and refuge regulations. Bank fishing from the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive, and fishing in the tidal creeks that run through the refuge, is permitted year-round.

The refuge administers deer, feral hog, squirrel, turkey, and waterfowl hunts during the fall and winter. Permits to hunt on the refuge must be obtained from the Savannah Coastal Refuges complex headquarters in Savannah, Georgia or at the kiosk located at the entrance to the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive.

Several special hunts, including a deer hunt open exclusively to wheelchair-dependent hunters, and youth waterfowl hunts, are scheduled annually.

There is currently no visitor center on the refuge, however an interpretive kiosk is located just inside the entrance gate to the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive that provides information on the various types of wildlife and habitat the visitor might see, as well as refuge brochures. The 4-mile Wildlife Drive is open to the public during daylight hours for self-guided touring.

Wildlife Observation
All dikes within the refuge are open to hiking and bicycling during daylight hours, unless otherwise posted, and provide excellent wildlife observation points. Motorists are welcome on the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive which meanders along four miles of earthen dikes, through managed freshwater pools and hardwood hammocks. The Cistern trail and other walking and bicycling routes are also available to the public. From December 1 to February 28, entry into the impoundment area north of S.C. 170 is prohibited to reduce disturbance while wintering waterfowl numbers are at a peak.

Savannah NWR is open to the public daily, from dawn to dusk (year-round, unless otherwise posted; check entrance gate to wildlife drive for specific gate hours). There is currently no visitor center on-site, however refuge staff are present in the field on weekdays. A workshop/office and fire crew quarters area located across from the wildlife drive entrance is closed to the public.

Entrance Fees
no entrance fee is charged

Use Fees
Non-quota hunts = no fee Quota hunts = $12.50 permit fee (if selected); no application fee Savannah's wheelchair-dependent and youth waterfowl hunts. $12.50
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