Wassaw Island is a primitive barrier island located off the coast of Georgia. A designated National Wildlife Refuge, this 10,053-acre island includes beaches with rolling dunes, live oak woodlands, and vast salt marshes. The Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge provides an excellent habitat for migratory birds and offers year-round recreational activities like wildlife viewing, photography, hiking, biking, and fishing. If you’re looking for adventure, a trip to Wassaw Island is a must! Here are some of our favorite things to do there.
Spend a Day at the Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge
1. Hiking & Biking
20 miles of dirt roads and seven miles of beach provide an ideal trail system on Wassaw Island. Guests may hike or bicycle in any of the areas open to the public. Be sure to bring a Trail Guide and stay on marked trails to minimize disturbance to plants and animals. Wildlife observation and photography is encouraged!
Saltwater fishing is available year-round in the estuarine waters adjacent to the refuge. Bank/beach fishing is permitted from sunrise to sunset (except during hunts when the refuge is closed to the public). Freshwater fishing is prohibited, and all saltwater fishing is subject to state fishing regulations.
3. Wildlife Viewing
Wildlife viewing is a quintessential activity at the Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge. Alligators, deer, and feral pigs can be found here. You’ll also see a variety of bird species including egrets, herons, seabirds, and ducks. Birdwatching is particularly popular during the spring and fall migrations.
Wassaw Island is an important nesting spot for loggerhead turtles, who use the beaches every year to bury their eggs. A conservation program is in place to help ensure the turtles’ breeding is successful. Volunteers collect data on the number of turtles hatching and move unsafely positioned eggs to better parts of the beach. Keep an eye out for turtle tracks in the sand!
4. Tours & Charters
Sundial Charters offers year-round tours of Wassaw Island. Sign up for one and enjoy some of the best bird watching, shelling, salt marsh ecology, dolphin viewing, and beach combing that Georgia has to offer! Tours last for five hours and have a base rate of $400 for two people. Additional adults are $25 each and kids 12 and under are $10 each. You can have up to six people per boat.
The refuge is open daily from sunrise to sunset and is only accessible by boat. If you don’t have your own boat, The Presidents’ Quarters Inn will happily make reservations for you with a charter service!
Book Your Stay at the Presidents’ Quarters Inn
Just 14 miles from the Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge, our bed and breakfast in Savannah, GA, provides a peaceful retreat after a day of adventure. Our inn features comfortable guestrooms, luxurious amenities, and concierge services for guests. We even provide a delicious gourmet breakfast each morning! View our rooms page to see what’s available and contact us to make your reservations. We look forward to having you!
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