As part of Georgia’s Intracoastal Waterway, Skidaway Island State Park is nearly 600 acres of maritime forest, tidal creeks, and salt marshes nestled between the Skidaway River and the housing developments of The Landing. The park’s main draw is its lush coastal woods of live oaks, red cedars, and pines dripping with Spanish moss, which, in turn, is home for a variety of wildlife, including deer, raccoons and a variety of shorebirds. Many of the park’s flora and fauna can be seen on a network of 6 miles of walking trails and boardwalks. Some trails are ADA accessible, and some are also open to cyclists. For your best chance at spying a resident alligator, go for a stroll on the 2-mile Big Ferry Trail.
Visitors to Skidaway Island State Park, just a 10-mile drive southeast of Savannah, have access to nearly 90 tent and RV campsites, in addition to 3 camper cabins and 3 group campsites. All sites offer electrical hookups, and some are ADA accessible. Campground amenities include restrooms with showers, bike rentals, picnic areas, two playgrounds, laundry facilities, and an interpretive center. There is also an amphitheater that hosts seasonal interpretive programs. A hiking trail from the campground leads to an observation tower that overlooks the Skidaway Narrows, where you can scan for egrets and osprey. If you’re lucky, you might spot dolphins swimming up the waterway. Campsite rates range from $40–$49/night; cabins range from $42–$140/night.
Arrived here for a four-night tent stay. Easy drive in from Tomoka State Park up I-95. Got the last spot at #62 which is very large and has a large tent pad. The electric and water hookups are on the edge of the street, so I had to use both the 75 and 25 foot extension cords to give power to the tent. There's a fire pit and a large picnic table. The restrooms are clean, as well as the laundry room. The dumpster and recycling bin are a bit far from 62, so bring your bicycle, lol. Deer were roaming the grounds in the early morning. Lots of birds singing at sunrise too. Great place. The 45-min drive up to Tybee Island Beach is totally worth it, with beautiful marshes and flatlands along the way. Beach photos included here.
We wanted to explore the GA coast and Skidaway Island State Park did not disappoint. We used the park as a base to experience Georgia's low country.
While the Island is basically a gated community for Savannah, the park is a beautiful reminder of a time gone by with Spanish moss draped live oaks and plenty of wildlife to see and hear.
Well maintained and clean, the park is just what we were looking for. The hosts keep the place spotless and make sure the rules for dogs and quiet times are adhered to for the enjoyment of all, while being friendly and helpful to everyone.
The trials inside the park are wide, well marked and, scenic. During tides they can be a bit "moist" so plan to walk part of the trails barefooted or simply avoid those areas.
We did get on the water with our paddle boards as there is a public boat ramp just over the causeway. Exploring the marshlands and seeing the wildlife was awesome. The ramp was clean and well maintained. There is a kayak tour serve that operates from the ramp so, if you don't have water gear, you can rent from them or take part in a tour. Just make note of tides and wind.
Provisions are close at hand with 2 large, well stocked grocery stores within minutes of the park entrance.
October is a wonderful time to visit the Georgia coast. Bugs, tourists, and foul weather are at seasonal lows. Our visit was the middle of October and the days were warm and sunny with the nights cool and mostly bug free. We did get a couple of night time showers and the sound of rain on the tent fly lulled us to sleep. Waking up to the barred owls hooting to each other was nice as well.
UGA has a learning center on the island with an aquarium but, due to COVID, you must make reservations for admittance. The site has some discovery tails that are great for everyone with a boardwalk that extends over the marsh.
As noted in other reviews, Savanah is close by and the beaches of Tybee Island are about 20 minutes away. Fort Polaski is a great place to explore with a lighthouse trial. Be aware that the trial can be very muddy at times. We walked the trail bare footed with pants legs rolled up. No issues.
We visited Wormslow Historic Site. There is a 1.5 mile drive under towering moss draped live oaks to the visiter's center. Beautiful. At the visitor's center you can learn about the history of the site and inhabitants. There are trails through the site with historical reenactment sites along the way.
We plan to go back next fall.
Our spot was campsite #26
This was a maiden voyage for our Grand Design 399TH 5th wheel trailer. We wanted to go somewhere 2-3 hours from Gainesville for this “shakeout” trip. This state park fit the bill. We arrived after hours so out packet of information was tacked to a board outside the park office. The road were wide and spacious. The overhead canopy of trees were trimmed up well and did not hit the rig. This park is very good for large 40+ ft rigs.
I would HIGHLY recommend it!! It was huge, very private and close to the bathrooms. It was a level gravel site that was clean and freshly racked. It had full hookups and 50 amp which was great for this 43 foot beast.
There’s not a whole lot to do in the park so a great location for just relaxing, reading or hiking. It had nice paved roads for biking. You also have a couple of hiking trails although we did not try them. This park is convenient to downtown Savannah and a nice outing if you want to explore or sightsee. I would definitely go back.
This was a last minute booking for us and was absolutely delightful. The facilities were clean and very well kept. The property was beautiful and the people friendly and very knowledgeable.
The proximity to Savannah was the reason I chose this location. It maybe took us 15min to get to River Street from the site which was super convenient for being able to go back and forth.
I most certainly will be booking this location again.
The roads into the park are paved and wide enough, it narrows in camping area #3 but I got my 30ft. travel trailer in no problem and saw a couple 5th wheeler's. The sights are comfortably spaced and easily accessible with plenty of space for the tow vehicle. If you like to bike, hike, jog or just walk the trails are well maintained, marked and very scenic. If that's not your thing lovely Savannah does not disappoint. A good assortment of shops, restaurants, bars or tours boasting the cities history. So when entering the park don't get put off by the newly installed speed bumps trailer draggers. The rest is smooth sailing.
Quiet beautiful park, extremely clean bathrooms, lots of wildlife. Wonderful site!
Skidaway is a nice modern island. Lots of traffic as it is close to Savannah. The state RV park is pretty basic with no water or marsh views. Not what you would expect on a classy island. Didn’t stay as this was a day trip to check it out!
We camped here back in May. Easy access to Savannah. Some nice trails. Historical area. Camp sites were spacious and clean. We enjoyed our visit to the area.
We love Skidaway Island State Park for its large wooded sites, big beautiful trees draped in Spanish moss, clean modern bathrooms, and close proximity to Savannah. We visit this park twice a year and will keep coming back.
SISP is a wonderful destination within 20 minutes of Historic Downtown Savannah. The park itself is very clean with spacious sites. A nice little hiking trail through the low country marshes and maritime forests is a pleasant introduction to the local ecosystem. Excellent picnic areas and a large play area for the kiddies. No direct access to the surrounding water but a nice boat ramp and swimming area is found just over the bridge 5 minutes away.