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Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 694 Beech Hill Ln, Hardeeville, SC 29927-8958
Phone Number: +1 843-784-2468

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Seen alligators

We enjoyed the 4 mile drive, we even got to see 5 alligators and numerous birds. If you go, try to go on a warm sunny day. We drove through 2 times on 2 different days. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Elkhart, Indiana
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Elkhart, Indiana
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47 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We enjoyed the 4 mile drive, we even got to see 5 alligators and numerous birds. If you go, try to go on a warm sunny day. We drove through 2 times on 2 different days. The second, sunny day, we seen more wildlife.

Thank lhubbard100
Georgia Coast, Georgia
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Being a local, I visit the refuge two or three times a month. The scenery as well as the wildlife, changes with the seasons. I have photographed gators, water birds, birds of prey, wild hogs, deer and recently encountered a bobcat. Some trips yield better returns than others, but I always enjoy the visit!

Thank Stan117
West Springfield, Massachusetts
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20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

November may not be the best month to visit, but I love all wildlife refuges. Alligators and ducks we there to be seen (once I knew the difference between 'gators and driftwood), butterflies and birds here and there. The Visitors center is small, mostly shop, but I like the skulls, turtle shells and displays. There is a board out front... More 

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annapolis, md
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328 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I didn't know what to expect when I read about this place except to say I was intrigued. Most of the wildlife places we have visited included a variety of landscapes. Here it was low dense brush, swamps and canals with an occasional grouping of trees, mostly live oaks dripping with Spanish moss. So not exactly a place of beauty... More 

Thank llpupa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Real pretty drive. Take your time and enjoy the scenery. I was really disappointed as we had made it to the 2.5 mile marker and no alligators. Then we saw a big one floating in the canal. Then an even bigger one just below is stunning on the bank. All told we saw 13 6'+ alligators. 10 were between the... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The sign at the Visitor Center said 30+ alligators were spotted, but we only saw four. Still it was a treat to watch two of them swimming downstream, one a full minute behind the other. Two more were sunning on the river bank. Radio narrative was a bit scratchy and not too intrusive. Or informative. Worth the quick detour.

1 Thank Janet F
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

We opted to check out the National Wildlife Refuge in hopes of seeing some alligators. It was a short drive from Savannah and we were pleasantly surprised to see 33 alligators in the 4 mile wildlife drive! You do have to drive slowly and keep on the lookout, but worth the time. There were 2 pretty spots on the road... More 

1 Thank sallymayday612
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33 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Four mile gravel road weaves through the refuge and saw no wildlife whatsoever. Short drive from Savannah, hoping to see a few alligators but nothing.

1 Thank Garrett S
Clearwater, Florida
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652 reviews
231 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

The drive through the refuge was stress-free. We saw 4 other vehicles. No one was in a hurry. The speed limit on the dirt road is 20 MPH, but we went about 5 MPH, as did the others. There are a few places to pull over and get out of your vehicle for better viewing. There are a couple of... More 

Thank Bob19512014
Aiken, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We didn't have much time this trip (in Savannah on business) but we took a loop through Wildlife Drive. I spent a while watching a juvenile black-crowned night heron feeding on crabs, with a sora running around flipping its tail (such as it is) in the background, and a snowy egret pacing back and forth, apparently just to show off.... More 

1 Thank Jean M

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