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Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

#1 of 9 things to do in Hardeeville Features Animals
694 Beech Hill Ln, Hardeeville, SC 29927-8958
+1 843-784-2468
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Super interesting self-drive wildlife trail

This refuge is in the back country.We came to the Wildlife Drive entrance and talked to the park... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Roger S
Hilliard, Ohio
Interesting Wildlife

Was great to be able to drive through at your own pace. Nice to have this accessible to those that... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Natalie C
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“mile drive” (48 reviews)
694 Beech Hill Ln, Hardeeville, SC 29927-8958
+1 843-784-2468
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This refuge is in the back country.We came to the Wildlife Drive entrance and talked to the park ranger who explained what the drive was about. We are glad we did it. It was a great drive among old plantation rice fields that have been...More

Thank Roger S
Reviewed 5 days ago

Was great to be able to drive through at your own pace. Nice to have this accessible to those that wouldn't be able to walk through the refuge. The audio stops were informative and noted cool parts of history.

Thank Natalie C
Reviewed 1 week ago

The visitor center was great--friendly and informative docents and good displays. Then came the best part--the drive through the four miles of nature. So happy that we saw so many species of birds in their natural habitat. You can pull over to appreciate the views....More

Thank dekalbill
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came on a perfect sunny day in April and we didn't see much of anything... I suggest that if you do have an hour to kill this place is the right place but if you don't just keep on driving by... There was virtually nothing...More

Thank ihartsouthcarolina
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Brought my kids here to check out the sights, while in Pooler for a family emergency. Wanted to give them something exciting to do/see to pass some time. They really enjoyed seeing all the alligators and birds. We did not see the bobcats on this...More

Thank Larry13C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So one of the GA state park employees told us about this little gem. First it is amazingly free! The visitor center is located right off of Rt 17, however most of the refuge is locate further down the road so you need a vehicle...More

1  Thank OBX717
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This preserve was one of our destinations on our trip south. My daughter is a nature enthusiast and had read good things about this preserve. The welcome center was really nice with a great video and nature exhibit. We enjoyed the drive thru the preserve...More

1  Thank bunnygranny
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Often overlooked, this time we stopped, armed with bug spray, we enjoyed the drive through, enjoying lots of wildlife. This refuge is built on former rice fields.

Thank niteowljune
Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

This was a great find. We could drive thru and even stop and look for wildlife, of which there are a lot of gators. The best time to go is right before sundown when the Temps are better suited for the gators to be active....More

1  Thank Lora C
Reviewed 2 May 2017

We took my brother who was visiting from Delaware so he could see gators in the wild. he had seen them at zoos, but really enjoyed trying to spot them in the canals and on the banks sunning themselves. We also saw lots of birds...More

1  Thank bluepelican
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What is the price for a family membership?
29 November 2016|
Response from Dave V |
Your tax dollars. That's it!
I am interested in purchasing a membership for my family for Christmas...
29 November 2016|
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Response from Whispermom | Reviewed this property |
A Family membership to Friends of Savannah National Wildlife Refuge is $25, individuals are $15. Volunteers are very welcome, and are the backbone of the refuge. There is o charge to visit, and trust me, the visitors... More
Has anyone been there very recently, like late August 2016? Have they started raising the interior basin water levels yet, or is is still dry and overgrown as it has been for the past year? Wondering what it will be like in early September.
29 August 2016|
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Response from bluepelican | Reviewed this property |
We were there just a couple of weeks ago and most of the lagoons are very low, or dry and overgrown. It was (and has been) very hot for the last couple of months so there was little wildlife activity. You can contact the... More