Our first stop on our Savannah, GA tour was Skidaway Island State Park. This park has been on my radar for a while, but I’ve never been able to find the time to visit – so when this opportunity presented itself, I put this beautiful little state park at the TOP of the itinerary to make sure we didn’t miss it!
Unfortunately, the forecast was calling for a full weekend of rain, but I’ve never really minded a little bit of rain. We stopped into the visitor center first to pick up a few souvenirs including rain ponchos, and I was able to cover my day pack and camera under the poncho, allowing us to take a damp trek through the Sandpiper Trail.
The Sandpiper Trail is a wide, fairly level, well-marked one mile loop that wanders from the saltmarsh to the maritime forest, providing an opportunity to spot wildlife and a multitude of different plant species that call this unique environment home.
On our rainy afternoon walk, we were vastly outnumbered by Fiddler Crabs, who seemed to be delighted at the change in weather. We didn’t spot any wetland birds, which is probably why the fiddler crabs were out in such great numbers. They were even climbing the trees in the martime forest! I must admit, I didn’t know that they were such adept climbers. They remind me of my jumping spiders at home. I also loved spotting the different color variations, genetic diversity at work testing the different camouflage techniques that will be most successful in Survival of the Fittest.
Despite the rain, I really enjoyed my visit to Skidaway Island State Park, and will be sure to add this to my future visits to Savannah, GA, as there are many other trails that I would like to explore – perhaps without rain next time!