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“Spring is nesting season”

Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge
Ranked #73 of 227 things to do in Savannah
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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.
Reviewed March 20, 2012

A Beautiful place for bird watching. During the spring, hundreds of Wood Storks and Egrets are nesting at Harris Neck. The sights and sonds of the nesting are incredible. You can't get up close to the birds (to do that try the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Rookery) but that's OK, it's great to see them in a really natural setting. You'll also see lot's of alligators and turtles, and other wildlife.
Along the wildlife drive there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy wildlife and nature trails. The refuge is a reclaimed World War II Airforce training base, so many of the paths are old runways, great for smooth walking or biking.
Harris Neck is just a short drive (about 45 minutes) south of Savannah. It's just a couple of miles off Interstate 95. It's a great way to enjoy the afternoon.
Oh Yeah, Don't forget the bug spray. The sand gnats and and skeeters are hungry.
And if you go to visit, make sure you stop at the "smallest church in America". It sits on the corner of highway 17 and Harris Neck Road.

3  Thank bluepelican
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Reviewed April 15, 2010

The refuge is easy to tour in car via the 5 mile driving route through the park. Along the way there are several places to get out and make short walks to nesting sites. While we were there in April, the egrets were galore numbering in the hundreds and potentially even in the thousands. The nests can easily be viewed from the walkway and provides wonderful photo opportunities. Not sure if it was worth the drive from Savannah, but it was nonetheless enjoyable to see.

Thank Vol_World_Traveler
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Reviewed May 20, 2009

If you enjoy wildlife and especially birds Harris Neck is not to be missed. May and June is prime time for breeding wading birds, including Wood Storks.

The refuge does not receive heavy pressure, some days you will have the place all to yourself.

Highly recommended.

2  Thank Robert H
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Reviewed October 31, 2007

Harris Neck is a wonderful place to visit if you love nature...

There is a long one -way driving trail, as well as bike and walking paths.
The bird watching around Woody Pond at dawn & dusk (when most of the birds come and go) is truly MAGNIFICENT..

Literally thousands of Ibis, Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Purple Gallinules, & Comorrants sit heavily on the trees and stumps..During some seasons, the trees along the pond are completely covered in BIRDS & the sounds are awesome!!l...

There is a 14 foot alligator in the same pond (so beware) along with hundreds of smaller ones..The oldest & biggest one was last seen swimming away with a full grown deer..
The "log in the water" just inches away might be a gator, watching & waiting for you to fall in!!~For this reason alone, I would suggest you NOT go alone to the pond & along the trails. A charged up cell phone would be a really smart thing to bring along if you are alone..
Be aware of rattlesnakes (and other snakes) during the warmer months of March thru November....When its cold they are scarce..
Other wildlife includes wild boar, deer, raccoon, armadillos, insects and more....
If you are nervous about the pond & big alligator, there are many birds to be seen along the road especially at sundown near the pond....Various flocks of birds fly overhead for at least 1 hour before dark..
There are 2 public docks to fish and crab off of at the refuge...It is not unusual to see Great Blue Herons and various colored Egrets right at the docks..
The sunsets are some of the prettiest I have ever seen...
I love this place because it takes me away from the real world and I love the birds!!..

9  Thank Loolielime
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