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Besides offering a stunning example of a marsh island ecosystem, at 25 minutes from downtown Savannah, Skidaway Island State Park is a tremendous resource for coastal visitors on a budget. The park has an attractive 88-site campground set in quiet woods. A typical marshland habitat can be observed closely from boardwalks, observation towers, and sandy trails under the gnarly live oaks draped with Spanish moss of the maritime forest. Watch for deer, raccoons, egrets and migrating birds. Nearby, the Coastal Georgia Birding Trail and the University of Georgia Marine Education Center and Aquarium offer more chances to see local wildlife just a ...

Besides offering a stunning example of a marsh island ecosystem, at 25 minutes from downtown Savannah, Skidaway Island State Park is a tremendous resource for coastal visitors on a budget. The park has an attractive 88-site campground set in quiet woods. A typical marshland habitat can be observed closely from boardwalks, observation towers, and sandy trails under the gnarly live oaks draped with Spanish moss of the maritime forest. Watch for deer, raccoons, egrets and migrating birds. Nearby, the Coastal Georgia Birding Trail and the University of Georgia Marine Education Center and Aquarium offer more chances to see local wildlife just a mellow bicycle ride away. Another local landmark: On the Hwy. 204 spur over the Diamond Causeway, you pass over the "Moon River" of Johnny Mercer fame, one bridge west of Skidaway Narrows (though here the famed river is nowhere near "wider than a mile," as the song says). The compelling city of Savannah is a scenic 15-mile drive away, and another 10 miles downriver is Tybee Island, the city's beach resort town with miles of wide white sand beach and warm surf.

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Kap Stann has written or contributed to many guidebooks to the American Southeast for such publishers as Moon, Avalon Travel, Lonely Planet, DK Eyewitness, and Mobil Guides.

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