Skidaway Island is one of Savannah’s larger coastal islands, found just past the Isle of Hope. Home to a State Park popular with campers, it provides yet another great escape from the city.
The campgrounds at Skidaway State Park are secluded and peaceful. But we don’t have a tent, so just spent a few sunny hours exploring the woods. There are a couple trails to choose from, and we went with the 3-mile Big Ferry Trail. The nature was beautiful; live oaks covered in Spanish moss, marshes, shell middens and views of the intercoastal waterways.
The trail was almost too simple and the three miles passed by in a flash. We came upon a Prohibition-era bootlegging spot with barrels still rotting in place, and earthworks from the Civil War where Confederates prepared for a Union assault that never came. Near the water, there’s an observation deck from where people more patient than us might spot a bird or two. We gave it a couple seconds, “Bah! Stupid hiding birds”, and left.
Perhaps the most fun we had on Skidaway Island was driving further east past the State Park. Well… as far east as we could manage. All around are gated communities with names like The Landings and Deer Run. SUV after SUV pulled up to and through the gates. Fluffy-coifed soccer moms and weary red-nosed business guys. It was Sunday, so there was also a lot of church traffic. And there are a lot of churches! Sheesh, besides its park, Skidaway is 90% churches and gated communities. American Dream, y’all.
January 13, 2011 at 9:28 am Comment (1)