Skidaway Island State Park – Savannah, GA

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skidaway-island-368x1000Less than thirty minutes away from downtown, historic Savannah, Skidaway Island State Park is a tiny treasure in Chatham County on the coast of Georgia. Skidaway Island itself is southeast of Savannah proper, separated from the mainland by the the Skidaway and Moon Rivers, and miles of coastal waterways, marshes and wetlands – part of intracoastal waterway.

The land area of the island is largely taken up by the Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge, the state park and The Landings – an upscale, gated residential and shopping district on the island, housing and catering to 8500 island inhabitants. Skidaway is an island refuge not far from civilization and if you are looking for an excellent family oriented campground, in our opinion, Skidaway can’t be beat.

Scenic Beauty, Island Campground

This is honestly one of the most scenic parks we’ve had the good fortune to stay with. It was our first long-term camping stay in our Foretravel U320, and we loved making our home here. We loved it so much when we stayed December 2014 through January 2015 that we arranged to meet friends and spend another Christmas and New Years at the park in 2015-2016. We booked an available slot through ReserveAmerica, and then selected the actual campsite once we arrived – first come, first served.One word of warning: Don’t Trust the Map – the roads are not straight and the map is not at all to scale. A 42′ Class A Motorhome may not make some of the curves on the outside camp roads without encountering overhanging branches.

The winter months are the peak of the season in Savannah, with the week of Christmas and New Year’s being the high point – the weather stays in the 50s through the 70s for the most part, and it can be quite comfortable to brisk downtown depending on temperatures and wind off the river.

Skidaway Island Nature Center

Skidaway Island State Park offers a nature center with a birding room, fossils, live animals, demonstrations and scheduled activities for adults and kids, interpretive hikes with rangers and plenty to explore in and around the building.

There are multiple hiking trails throughout the park which lead out to an observation tower looking out over the tidal marshland and a Prohibition era moonshine still. Bikes are rented by the hour at the camp store and there are numerous playgrounds throughout the park for tons of fun for families.

Local Shopping, Dining and More

On Skidaway Island itself, there is an upscale shopping center less than a mile from the park with a gas station, Publix supermarket, a number of banks and other local businesses and one restaurant, The Village Bar And Grille, unfortunately not our favorite dining experience or food of, well…any time.

Just on the other side of the causeway, about 4 miles from the park entrance is a nicely stocked Kroger with a good selection of organics and other specialty grocery items, such as gluten-free, vegan, etc. and a well-stocked beer and wine department. There are any number of ethnic and southern cooking restaurants in the nearby Isle of Hope and Thunderbolt areas – all within a 20 minute drive of the park. Check out the Wormsloe Historic Site

Nearby Historic Savannah

It is a scenic and quick drive to the historic district from the park – the causeway the the mainland and the Harry S. Truman parkway are offer a simple route with very little traffic into the downtown area. Parking downtown is available in garages or time-limited metered street parking.

If you want to avoid parking downtown, the park office serves as the shuttle stop for a downtown historic Savannah trolley which picks up passengers in the mornings for an all-day on/off trolley experience around the historic downtown area and drops off back at the park in the late afternoon on Fridays and Saturdays for a fee. Check with the park office, or the Savannah Visitor’s Center for more information.

For more to do on a family trip to Skidaway Island State Park, read Ten Things to Do with Kids in Savannah, Georgia.

Have you stayed at Skidaway Island State Park? What’s your favorite campsite?

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Physical Address: 52 Diamond Causeway
Savannah, GA 31411

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