Sunday, February 21, 2021
Our group went into Savannah for a walking food tour, but I opted to go to the great Savannah National Wildlife Preserve. When I got there, it was closed. A gentleman told me they had been closed for a long time due to Covid concerns. So I came back to Skidaway Island State Park and walked the Big Ferry Trail.
It was Sunday and a pretty day after a week of rain, and lots of people were enjoying the park. I never know what lens to carry on a hike, but I took the telephoto in hopes of seeing marsh birds. There were some in the vast marshes, but not where I could see them. Only when the got up and flew to a new spot did I see them, and they were few and far between.
A young man walked through the marsh in search of whale bones. He said high tide brings them in. There’s a new wrinkle I had not considered. I saw him further down the trail, and he asked if I was interested in snakes. “Sure”, I said cautiously. It was 57 degrees and sunny, but a cold wind was blowing, so I did not expect snakes to be out. It was a little ring neck snake, all curled up in the sun, trying to stay warm. My new guide said he almost stepped on it. How he saw it is a miracle.
This section of the island has never been developed, although it has had many uses. There are some huge moss-covered trees. General Lee was here early in the Civil War building embattlements for artillery to guard against opposing ships trying to come up the Skidaway River to Savannah. There were also nine stills on the small island. Native Americans came here for thousands of years, leaving big mounds of oyster shells, called middens.
Skidaway is a pretty state park with 10 miles of trails, vast marshes, savannas and beautiful trees covered with bearded with hanging mosses. It is right next to Savannah, so there are many things to explore. The park gets a lot of use and is well-managed. The campground and its facilities are very nice.