On our first full day in South Carolina, we got up early and started researching pet-friendly activities in Savannah, Georgia. We compiled our list and hit the road. First stop, Skidaway Island State Park, only an hour and 45 minutes from camp, and a bit south of downtown Savannah. It was a longer drive than we anticipated but so worth it.
SKIDAWAY ISLAND STATE PARK
Skidaway Island State Park borders the Skidaway Narrows which is part of Georgia’s Intercoastal Waterway and offers trails that wind through maritime forests and saltwater marshes. For a nominal fee of $5, we were able to park the Blue Beast and explore the trails in the area. The park ranger warned us of muddy trails, but fortunately, it wasn’t too bad (and good thing because Paul and I did not plan properly and wore the wrong shoes). We decided to take the Sandpiper and Avian Loop Trails. Both loops feature raised boardwalks and well-manicured trails, tidal creeks, fiddler crabs, and salt flats. It was really enjoyable to walk through the trees covered in Spanish Moss and see the crabs scuttling along the sand. Spanish Moss is new to me and I was mesmerized by it swaying in the light breeze. I just think it adds an extra layer of beauty to the already gorgeous landscape. Jackson also had a blast sniffing around and walking through the palm fronds.
SAVANNAH BOTANICAL GARDENS
After a quick 15-minute ride, we arrived at our second stop, the Savannah Botanical Gardens. It was so underwhelming that we weren’t sure if we were in the correct location. It features the historic Reinhard House which was closed and garden areas surrounding the house. The skies opened up as soon as we parked the car, but we hopped out and briefly walked around (much to Jackson’s chagrin). We quickly came to the conclusion that the rain was a sign that we should leave. Maybe it was the time of year, or maybe it was the torrential downpour, but we would not recommend taking the time to stop here. Whomp whomp.
We then continued to head north to Savannah and stopped at the Bonaventure Cemetery. We found it listed on BringFido.com and once we started looking into it, we knew we had to stop and walk around. It’s a 170-year-old cemetery and is considered a must-see by locals. We walked around the grounds and took in its charm. The graves are surrounded by trees with Spanish Moss (my favorite!) and the leaves were starting to change when we visited. It’s definitely a place I wouldn’t mind being laid to rest.
Our final stop of the day was the Riverwalk in Savannah. We easily parked the car and walked down the stairs to River Street. There are tons of shops and restaurants lining the street that overlooks the river and a riverboat that offered an evening dinner cruise. There are a variety of monuments and memorials that we stopped at, including a WWII Memorials. We dipped into the Moon River Brewing Company and drank a monster flight. You can read more about it HERE.
We agreed that we would love to spend more time in Savannah and will definitely go back once we’re not on such a tight budget and without the pup so we can explore a bit more.