The Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center (VC) is the best place to start your adventure on the Refuge. It opened to the public in March of 2010 and is located at 694 Beech Hill Lane, Hardeeville, SC, 29927. The entrance is on US Highway 17 seven miles north of Savannah and seven miles southeast of Exit 5 off I-95 in Hardeeville, SC.
The VC houses the administrative offices of the the United States Fish and Wildlife Service's Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex. The office manages the seven refuges within the Complex (Pinckey Island, Savannah, Tybee, Wassaw, Blackbeard Island, Harris Neck, and Wolf Island NWR's).
Hours of operation:
Mon-Sat 9AM-4PM. Closed Sundays and all Federal Holidays.
In the VC you will find an exhibit area with historical and educational displays, an auditorium for the Refuge video and The Gator Hole, the book and nature store operated by Friends of the Savannah Coastal Wildlife Refuges. There is also a short wheelchair-accessible trail behind the VC with printed trail guide.
Forget your binoculars? No problem! Check out a refuge backpack containing binoculars, a birding guide, and a sheet of color photos of some of the flora and fauna you might see on the refuge.
For the young ones, we have a touch table containing many natural artifacts and the Junior Refuge Manager activity in which kids can earn their way to becoming a Junior Refuge Manager, badge and all.
Click the button below to watch the Refuge video on YouTube.