Uncover the Best Walking Trails in Savannah and Tybee Island

Savannah is known for its walkability. With the downtown area comprised of River Street and multiple different historic squares, it is easy to navigate and get in some daily exercise. But what if you are looking for more than just casual walking? The good news is that Savannah and nearby Tybee Island have many trails that will get you out of the city. 

There are several different trail options available in both Savannah and Tybee Island. 

Savannah Trails

Here are six of the most popular trails in Savannah. 

Note: all these trails are open year-round and dog friendly (as long as the dogs are leashed). 

Skidaway Island Big Ferry Trail

Travel 25 minutes outside of Savannah to Skidaway Island to hike the Big Ferry trail. This trail is a near-level 2.6-mile loop providing great coastal Georgia views. You start in a marshy forest and then come to a boardwalk and observation tower and end with rusted moonshine still remains surrounding the trail. 

Skidaway Island State Park charges an entrance fee per vehicle. 

Moon River at Downing Piers

Another easy trail at Skidaway Island State Park is the Moon River Downing Piers loop. This 6.8-mile loop is estimated to take 2 hours and 15 minutes to complete. You may encounter bird watchers and fishers on your hike. Make sure to enjoy all the wildflowers you see!

Skidaway Island State Park charges an entrance fee per vehicle. 

Wormsloe Historic Site Trail

If you are looking for another short trail with historic views, head to the Wormsloe Plantation 15 minutes from downtown Savannah to walk the Wormsloe Historic Site Trail. This loop is 3.1 miles long and takes about 55 minutes to complete. It is also considered an easy hike. As part of the hike, you can see moss-draped oak trees, historic ruins, and beautiful coastal views. 

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Forsyth Park Loop

A super short, easy-to-access local trail is the Forsyth Park Loop. Located in downtown Savannah, this 1.8-mile loop throughout the park will take you 20 minutes to walk. Enjoy the park scenery including statues, cascading fountains, and massive oak trees. 

Daffin Park

Daffin Park is an 80-acre scenic and amusing downtown park in Historic Savannah, Georgia. Located next to Savannah’s Grayson Stadium, it is known to locals and visitors alike as Savannah’s Baseball Stadium for the famous Savannah Bananas entertaining baseball games. When it's off-season, Daffin Park becomes the local spot to host many events year-round for all to join in on the fun.

Savannah & Ogeechee Canal Trail

Hike along the historic Savannah-Ogeechee Canal constructed in the 1820’s. The trailhead is located off I-95 and Ft. Argyle Road and goes for about 6 miles.

If you are looking for a shorter hike, there is a short loop near the museum. Before or after your hike, check out the museum for a more detailed history of the canal. 

Tybee Island

Here are two of the most popular trails on Tybee Island. 

Cockspur Island Lighthouse

The Cockspur Island Lighthouse trail on Tybee Island is an unpaved path that ends with a nice view of the Tybee Island Lighthouse. Only 2.3 miles, this should take about 40 minutes to complete. 

While you are there, make sure to take a tour of Fort Pulaski! 

McQueen’s Island Historical Trail

The McQueen’s Island trail runs parallel to the Savannah River filled with short bridges to get over marshy areas. While a longer trail at 6 miles, there are several benches offering opportunities to rest or snack while enjoying the beautiful nature around you. 

Hiking is just one of many outdoor activities you can do while visiting Savannah. For more ideas, check out South Key’s recommendations for local activities and things to do. 

Not everyone who visits Savannah will be looking for hikes, but for those who want to explore the area in a more scenic way, this list is a great starting point. Remember, if you are planning a trip to Savannah, don’t forget to check out South Key’s vacation rentals for conveniently located downtown stays in Historic Savannah. Our team is always standing by to ensure your Southern Hospitality.

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