Know Before You Go

Q: When is the Refuge open?

Answer...

Open Monday - Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Closed Sundays and all federal holidays.

Q: When will Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive be open again?

Answer...

Our best estimate of reopening the wildlife drive and subsequent trails is spring of 2023.  You can stay up to date by following our Facebook page and website.


We ask that visitors be patient and remember that what we are doing is for the benefit of the wildlife and habitat we are mandated to protect. We consider you our partners in this important mission and greatly appreciate your continued patience and support!

Q: Is the Visitor Center open?

Answer...

The Visitor Center building is temporarily closed due to the pandemic and low staff. However, you can pick up a brochure from outside the Visitor Center or at the entrance kiosk, and enjoy the trails surrounding the Visitor Center!

Q: What can I do at Savannah National Wildlife Refuge?

Answer...

There is plenty to enjoy at Savannah National Wildlife Refuge!


  1. Hike the trails around the visitor center, Kingfisher Pond, and the remote trails at the Solomon Track and Union Landing.
  2. Complete the Visitor Center trail activities.
  3. Go fishing at one of the local fishing access points.
  4. Boat/kayak throughout Savannah's waterways

Q: Where do I park?

Answer...

There are parking lots at the Savannah NWR Visitor Center, Kingfisher Pond Recreation Area, the Solomon Track, and Union Landing. Go back to the previous page and scroll down to the labeled map to see the parking locations.

Q: Is there a fee?

Answer...

It is free to enjoy this refuge and all others in ​​the Savannah NWR Complex!

Q: Are there restrooms and water fountains?

Answer...

There is a portable toilet at the Visitor Center located on U.S. 17. There are no water fountains while the Visitor Center is temporarily closed, so please bring your own water!

Q: Can I drive my vehicle through?

Answer...

(When it reopens) Yes, visitors can drive registered vehicles on Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive, off of S.C. 170, which meanders along four miles of earthen dikes through managed freshwater pools and hardwood hammocks. 


Some locations are only accessible by boat.

Q: What are some prohibited activities on the refuge?

Answer...

While there are a lot of great outdoors activities to do. We have to make sure both our visitors and wildlife stay safe.

  • No overnight use or camping is permitted
  • No feeding, capturing, or harassment of wildlife
  • No freshwater fishing
  • No taking pickings or cuttings of vegetation

Q: Can I bring my dog with me?

Answer...

Pets are not permitted on the refuge unless confined in a vehicle.