DescriptionTen miles upstream from Savannah, Port Wentworth accesses the 29,175-acre Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, an area composed largely of marshes, tidal rivers and creeks in both Georgia and South Carolina. The refuge is home to such threatened and endangered species as wood storks and manatees, as well as more common residents like ducks, wading and shorebirds, turkeys, deer and the American alligator. Bird-watching opportunities, plentiful all year, are especially rewarding in April, when birds that have wintered at the refuge are about to migrate and birds already on a migratory journey use the refuge as a stopover.
A great way to experience the refuge is via Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive, 1 mile east of Port Wentworth off North Coastal Highway/US 17. This scenic drive follows 4 miles of earthen dikes through freshwater pools; fishing from the dike banks is permissible year-round. Fishing elsewhere is permitted on a seasonal basis, as is hunting waterfowl, turkeys, deer and feral hogs. Defined time periods are set aside for archery and gun hunts. For 2 days in November, several areas are specifically designated for use by wheelchair-dependent hunters.
For more information contact the Savannah Coastal Refuges, 694 Beech Hill Ln., Hardeeville, SC 29927; phone (843) 784-2468 Mon.-Sat. 9-4.
Visitor InfoPort Wentworth Chamber of Commerce/Welcome Center 7532 SR 21 PORT WENTWORTH, GA 31407. Phone:(912)965-1999