Savannah National Wildlife Refuge (originally called the Savannah River Bird Refuge) was established in 1927 as a 2,352 acre migratory bird refuge . Since then it has grown to 31,551 acres that provide habitats for many plants and animals, including some species that are endangered or threatened. It is named after the Savannah River which flows through the refuge. About half the refuge lies in Georgia, the other half in South Carolina.
Due to destruction of the impoundment system caused by hurricane Irma, the impoundment system is currently under construction. As a result, the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive and associated trails are closed. Our best estimate of reopening the wildlife drive and other trails is winter/spring of 2023.
We thank you for your patience as we do our best to improve the impoundment system that supports wildlife and habitat.
To learn more about the project, click here.
There is still plenty to do at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge! The Visitor Center and Kingfisher Pond are great recreational spots surrounded by beautiful trails. You can also access portions of the Refuge by boat. Learn more by clicking below.
Use the resources below to explore the Refuge and learn more about the wildlife, plants, habitats, and other natural/cultural resources we protect.
You can even earn virtual badges, which can be collected for all 7 Refuges in the Complex and exchanged for a prize! Click the badge icon on the bottom of your screen to learn more.