In 1964, Union Camp proposed a plan to offer 500 acres of land for the purpose of creating a state park, if the citizens of the surrounding towns would build a bridge that connected Skidaway Island to the mainland. The offer was ignored until 1968 when the citizens of Chatham County decided to build a bridge. Union Camp donated 267 acres of land and then another 200 acres was purchased in 1969, making it 480 acres. In the late 1980’s the park expanded by 108 acres running to the swamp and now covers 588 acres.
Nestled in the marsh and swamplands, Skidaway Island State Park offers a great escape from the city life. The campsites are spacious and provide a lot of privacy from your neighbor. There are 87 campsites available for RV, tent, and trailer camping. The park has 588 acres for exploration and serves as a beautiful place to go boating on the Skidaway River, which runs along the park.
The park offers year-round activities for all kinds of campers. There are sand dunes nearby for exploration and you can also see some of the 300 species of birds that call the barrier islands home. Explore the marshes by canoe or by tours offered by the park. The historic district of Savannah is less than 30 minutes away from the campgrounds, and there are plenty of places to shop, eat, or just explore within minutes of the park for the whole family. Skidaway Island State Park is the perfect vacation destination for any RV camper.
RV Rentals in Skidaway Island State Park
Transportation in Skidaway Island State Park
Skidaway Island State Park is 25 minutes away from Tybee Island, a few minutes from downtown Savannah, and within an hour of South Carolina state border. You can take I-95 to get to the park, if you are coming from the north or south. If you are coming from the east, take I-36. Each route you take will lead you to State Park Road and the park office will be half a mile from the entrance.
While driving up to the park roads, make sure you lower your speed. There are a lot of tree roots and possible potholes on the road to the entrance. Large RVs will want to use caution since some of the roads are narrow. If you are arriving at night be sure to keep your high beams on for a better view of the area. The roads in the campground are a bit more maintained due to the lack of tree roots under the gravel. Be sure to keep your speed low as you travel in the park and watch out for pedestrians. It is recommended that you either ride or bike while you are in the park, that way you can have a better experience.
The park borders the Skidaway River, which is one of the intracoastal waterways. Due to its location, it can be extremely humid in the summer months when there are bugs thriving in their natural habitat. The park may be closed due to inclement weather, so be sure to call ahead for confirmation.
Campgrounds and parking in Skidaway Island State Park
Campsites in Skidaway Island State Park
Skidaway Island State Park Campground
The park offers 87 campsites for tent, trailer, or RV camping. Most sites offer water and electric hookups, so be sure to look at the site amenities before you reserve a spot. For the sites that do not have hookups, they have a dump station nearby. The larger sites can hold trailers up to 70 feet long and the smaller lots up to a 35-foot trailer. The sites are spacious and well shaded.
Amenities included are hot showers, laundry, and restrooms so that you can look and feel clean for the entire duration of your visit. Fire rings, picnic tables, and grills are also available at each site so you can cook and enjoy yourself. You'll also be close to some scenic hiking trails. Remember to only burn firewood that has been approved by the park, so that you can help prevent diseases and pests from being introduced to the island. You can stay a limit of 14 days and reserve a spot up to 13 months in advance.
There are no first-come, first-served campsites at this park.
Seasonal activities in Skidaway Island State Park
Skidaway Island State Park has over six miles of trails for you to explore with your family when you want to head out of the camper. Dogs are allowed on the trails but remember to clean up after them to keep the trails beautiful. The majority of the trails are paved or covered with hardened sand. Watch out for the large roots that may pop up in your path and bring a water bottle with you along your hike. The trails are not very hilly, like the trails on the mainland, but if you want a challenge then you can walk the entire six miles of trails and see what beautiful plants and animals you may come across.
The Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail runs along the outer region of Skidaway Island State Park. The trail is over 800 miles long and hugs along the coast of the Southeastern States from Virginia to Georgia. You can bring your canoe, kayak, or paddleboard to travel along the trail with your family. You can choose to travel along the path going from state to state and exploring the marshland and swamp areas. Remember to wear a life jacket while you are on the water.
If you plan on going fishing on the Skidaway Narrows, there are a few places nearby that offer bait and rods if you forgot to bring your own. You will need a valid license to go fishing. Besides the Skidaway Narrows, you can also go fishing near the pier, which offers assistance to those who may have a disability. Be sure to check the forecast and regulations before you go fishing. You are likely to catch a few bass, trout, red drum, whiting, and many others along the Skidaway Narrow and other streams in the park. If your an avid fisherman this is a great place to cast your line during your RV road trip in Georgia.
Attending Ranger Programs
The park offers ranger programs for children, and adults are welcome to tag along. You can sign up at the park along with your family to learn about the park’s natural habitat and their efforts to preserve the environment around the island. Keep in mind that you may come across a few wild animals, and it is recommended that you do not attempt to pet or feed the animal no matter how adorable they are.
Geocaching or geo-touring is really popular in Georgia state parks. It can be considered as one of the most widespread versions of a treasure hunt. To go geocaching you will need a device that has GPS, a pen or pencil, the mindset of a pirate, and your own treasure to trade. Bring along a few snacks in case you get hungry and a bottle of water to stay hydrated. You may want to bring bug repellent and sunscreen because of the swampy surroundings. This is an interactive game the whole family can enjoy to get out of the rig and explore the park.
Georgia is home to over 300 species of birds. At Skidaway Island State Park, you can go into the interpretive center and find binoculars, reference books, and a window to observe the different birds from. You can make a game out of it with your family to see who can spot the different type of sparrows, thrashers, and cardinals. Be sure to take a few pictures of the birds you spot to show your family and friends when you go home.