Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge is part of a string of coastal refuges north and south of Savannah. We visit National Wildlife Refuges wherever we travel since they often have wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities and Harris Neck was no exception.
A stop at the visitor's center gave us the scoop on what we'd be likely to see at different points along the 4-mile auto drive and what the different trails led to.
The oak right outside the visitor center gave us a sighting of our first Magnolia Warbler of the year, which is a treat since they are such pretty birds. We kept our eyes out for Painted Buntings, even though we were a bit early they'd already been spotted near where we were staying, but no luck.
We spent the majority of our time admiring the huge colony of nesting Wood Storks and other water birds at Woody Pond. The sights and sounds of the birds made it seem like you were a way off the beaten path, not less than 10 miles from I-95.
Even if you're not a birder, a stop at Woody Pond is well worth your time since there are many alligators sunning right along the pathway. We'd never never been so close to alligators (2-3 feet!) so it was quite a memorable experience.
National Wildlife Refuges are free to visit, often have very good visitor's centers, and make it pretty easy to see some remarkable wildlife and beautiful habitat. Harris Neck is a great example of why refuges are always on our "to do" list wherever we travel.
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