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“A good way to see wildlife and enjoy nature” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge

Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge
Harris Neck Road, Savannah, GA (Yamacraw Village)
912 832 4608
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Ranked #58 of 204 things to do in Savannah
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This site's 2,765 acres consist of saltwater marshes and opportunities for a variety of activities including hiking, fishing, hunting and bicycling.
Ann Arbor, MI
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“A good way to see wildlife and enjoy nature”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

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.

Visited April 2013
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Berne, NY
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“Bird refuge”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013 via mobile

Hard to find. The GPS knows nothing. The brochure could not be less helpful Go 18 miles north on 17 from Darien then 7 miles east on Harris Neck rd me. Lots of birds on the ponds. Take the auto rout and walk the trails.

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Savannah, Georgia
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“Fun daytrip”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Interesting place to spend an afternoon exploring. Discover an old, old cemetery with rudimentary hand carved tombstones.

Visited September 2012
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Hannibal, Missouri
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“Great for Birdwatching and Alligator watching!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

My husband and I are avid birders and visited both Savannah NWR and Harris Neck. The staff members are outstanding, the wildlife drive is great, and it was a short drive from Savannah. My husband is also a wildlife photographer and enjoyed photographing the birds and alligators. Beware and stay back from the alligators though.

Visited November 2012
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Savannah, Georgia
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“Go in the Fall or Spring”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

nice drive thru park with abundant birds and other wildlife. Go in early AM or around dusk for best viewing.

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