Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, Hardeeville

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#35 of 276 in Parks in South Carolina
The Savannah National Wildlife Refuge is a 29,175 acre National Wildlife Refuge located in Chatham and Effingham counties in Georgia and Jasper County in South Carolina. Of the total area, 14163acre is in Georgia and 15011acre is in South Carolina. The refuge was established to provide a nature and forest preserve for aesthetic and conservation purposes.
The refuge is one of seven refuges administered by the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex in Savannah, Georgia. The complex has a combined staff of 31 with a fiscal year 2005 budget of $3,582,000.
The first European visitors to the Savannah, Georgia area arrived in 1526. James Oglethorpe established the city of Savannah in 1733. By the mid-eighteenth century, rice planters were farming much of the land that is now part of the refuge. The old rice levees, which were built by hand, form the basis for current impoundment dikes. Remnants of the original rice field trunk water control structures and narrow dikes are still visible in some places. Within the impoundment system there are 36 historic and prehistoric archeological sites which have been located and inventoried. On April 6, 1927, Executive Order No. 4626 established the Savannah River Bird Refuge and set aside 2352acre as a preserve and breeding ground for native birds. On November 12, 1931, Executive Order No. 5748 added 207acre to the refuge and renamed the area the Savannah River Wildlife Refuge. An additional 6527acre were assigned to the refuge on June 17, 1936, by Executive Order No. 7391. On July 25, 1940, Presidential Proclamation 2416 renamed the refuge the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge.
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  • What a beautiful reserve. The visitor centre is small. You can make a nice walk through the forest here. The real reserve is a bit further and is actually a walk red that you can drive well. You can just stop by the road everywhere. In essence it is quite a swamp. You will see many birds and alligators here. In the background you'll always see the ports of Savannah. Very special piece of America.
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  • Probably not for everyone, but if you enjoy quiet, peaceful surroundings, hike this terrific refuge. Lots to see if you look real close. A photographers happy place.  more »
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  • I love nature and being near by where they live. It's a 5 mile road trip you can sit in your car and drive and observe the herons, Kootz and mallards. Besides this you can even see an alligator or two. You are allowed to get out of your car and take pics but no harassing of the alligators. You can also walk or run the 5 miles but as the temperature is really high you may prefer your air conditioned vehicle. Well, if in the area stop by and enjoy yourself.
  • Was incredibly HOT but it's beautiful with plenty of wildlife to photograph. Wish there were some clearer paths to photograph the plants and wildlife in the water. I'm sure there are more wildlife in the non summer but with summer ( early August) there were huge butterflies and dragonflies to shoot.

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