Explore the most popular trails in Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge is one of the seven refuges administered as part of the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex. The refuge is located in McIntosh County, Georgia, 45 miles south of the port city of Savannah. Archaeological and historical records show that many different populations have benefited from Harris Neck's resources over the centuries: Guale Indians inhabited these areas, collecting fish, shellfish, and game, from 1500 - 1715 AD. Beginning in 1750, English and Scottish settlers farmed the land intensively, producing many crops including renowned, high-quality Sea Island cotton. African-American families established a farming and shell-fishing community following the Civil War. Their historic cemetery is still in use and can be visited from Barbour River Landing. In the early 20th century, tobacco magnate Pierre Lorillard founded an estate that had a large mansion, formal gardens, and a dock for yachts. During World War II, the U.S. military purchased the land for an airfield and pilot training facility. Remnants of the runways can still be seen today. Since its designation as a wildlife refuge in 1962, Harris Neck has served as a premier nesting, foraging, and wintering habitat for many species of wildlife. Signature species include wood storks, which nest in a large colony on Woody Pond, and the colorful and uncommon painted bunting, which favors nesting habitat in the refuge's maritime scrub areas. The refuge encompasses six man-made freshwater ponds, as well as extensive salt marsh, open fields, forested wetlands, and mixed hardwood/pine forest. This diversity of habitat makes the refuge an important resource for migratory birds (342 species of birds have been seen on the refuge and 83 species breed here). Open during daylight hours.

Great trail but sad you can’t take dogs there. We did the primitive trails and picked up a ton of ticks but staying on the paved roads was great!!

We walked this trail in late November and found one other couple around. Beautiful,quiet and serene. Lots of birds and other wildlife, including deer, beaver, and an armadillo who walked beside us for several yards before wandering off into the palmettos. I did not see any gators but lots of water around for habitats. Other than the ticks, well worth the drive from Savannah or Brunswick. Great day hike!

mountain biking
4 months ago

This is a very good area for biking. I saw deer and a bobcat as well as alligators. I didn’t need any bug spray at all during my ride and I rode around the ponds and down the sandy side roads.

So much wildlife! We saw alligators, wood storks, armadillo, and turkey. A really memorable trip. Not all the trails are well marked and there are many service trails, so at times this hike was confusing even with the map. Even so, this trail is a must see.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Harris neck State park is a great place to go hiking, biking and running. I enjoyed seeing the wildlife around Woody pond trail. I will recommend this place is beautiful and relaxing.

Monday, November 06, 2017

I had no idea what to expect here as I tacked this on between mountain hikes and a beach trip. Appropriately named since I saw plenty of wildlife. The alligators were well represented. Two in fact were sunning on the loop passed the pond which made me retreat and a chorus of growling in the lake. It was memorable.

Seemed like there was a lot more that I didn’t even do but I saw so much myself. Would like to go back.

The walk was all level so pretty easy on the legs and the trails were maintained. Signing wasn’t great so download a map or get one from wildlife station. Bring some bug spray. I was in the fall so it wasn’t too bad but still some bugs.

nature trips
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Great walking trail worth so much. Awesome wildlife. A must see!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Beautiful quiet place and lots of wildlife. Large alligators and many species of birds.

Monday, September 05, 2016

wonderful old air field..ww2....seasons change the birding ....great biking...

Saturday, June 04, 2016

It was beautiful and full of wildlife.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Had fun walking around. Plenty of small trails some on paved roads others through the woods.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

It's a good day hike spot. There are many little trails so it's nice to be able to pick how far you want to go by combining some of them. Some of the trails aren't marked clearly and there are many service trails, so keep your map close and your head thinking and you'll be fine.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Several trails, dirt and paved, all great for easy bicycle riding or walking. Some trails more scenic than others. Located about 13 small alligators in the distance, several types of birds, trees, flowers,and stopped counting after 200 butterflies. Very scenic, always something nice to look at. Bring your camera, and your sense of adventure. Remember, it is all up to you to have a good time. Area is loaded with incredible history. Great places (not all) to let the kids run & explore with adult supervision. We took our 6 yr old, and he did great. Good idea- bring binocullars with flower and bird books to identify your findings along the way. Take only pictures, leave only footprints. Please keep our parks litter free.

bird watching
Monday, March 12, 2012

Great spot for birding, hiking and/or biking. Wood storks, herons, egrets, warblers, painted bunting, grebes, coots, and other migratory birds and ducks find the ponds and wooded areas perfect for shelter and nurture. Home, too, for alligators and turtles. Trails are flat and groomed. Small nature/visitor center on property. Restrooms available at center. Various trails crisscross the area, most leading to wildlife viewing areas.

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