5 Georgia Parks You Will Want to See

Living in the Lowcountry has its perks. We have waterfront views, wide beaches, majestic live oaks and palm trees, plus great food and warm temperatures. We also have many nearby parks where we can get outside and enjoy the beauty of our area. A recent LCC blog highlighted nearby South Carolina parks, and there are many Georgia parks within a stone’s throw away. From historic forts to scenic hiking trails, you will enjoy all that these parks have to offer:

1. Old Fort Jackson, Savannah

This 207-year-old landmark, named after American Revolutionary War patriot James Jackson, is Georgia’s oldest brick fort. Built in 1808, the fort was in use during two wars: the War of 1812 and the Civil War. Today, the fort is managed by the Coastal Heritage Society and is open daily. Bring your kids and explore the fort, take in the view of the Savannah River, and see cannon and musket firings. 

Old Fort Jackson, Savannah. Photo credit: Donna Brooks

Old Fort Jackson, Savannah. Photo credit: Donna Brooks

2. Wormsloe, Savannah

The iconic avenue of live oaks and Spanish moss leading to the tabby ruins of what was once a colonial estate is a must-see when in Savannah. Wormsloe was the home of Noble Jones, a carpenter who arrived in Georgia in 1733 with James Oglethorpe, the founder of Savannah. Today, you can see the tabby ruins, the oldest standing structure in Savannah, as well as take a walk on a nature trail and visit a museum of artifacts from the estate.

3. Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah

Located on a portion of Georgia’s Intracoastal Waterway, you can hike on trails that wind through forest and salt marsh leading to a boardwalk and observation tower. Keep your eyes open for wildlife, such as deer, fiddler crabs and egrets. The park also has 87 campsites, picnic tables and three playgrounds.

4. Fort Pulaski National Monument, Savannah

Located between Savannah and Tybee Island, Fort Pulaski opened in 1847 and was constructed for the protection of Savannah, a booming port city. When the Civil War began, Confederate troops took over the fort. In 1862, Union troops bombarded the fort for 30 hours until it was penetrated. Guided tours are available every day or you can explore the fort on your own. If you are a nature lover, you will want to check out some of the hiking trails. While you are in the area, you can check out Tybee Island’s beaches, lighthouse and restaurants.

5. Fort McAllister, Richmond Hill

At this park, you can explore the best-preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy, stay overnight in one of the cabins or campsites, or go fishing. Located on the banks of the Ogeechee River, there is truly something for everyone at this park, whether you are a history buff, birder or a photographer.

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