Georgia is one of the first states to start reopening on a large scale with Savannah as well as Atlanta easing up on COVID-19 restrictions. Residents and visitors alike are now wondering what socially distanced activities are available. Luckily, Savannah citizens and tourists have lots of fun sites, activities, and entertainment from which to choose.
Hiking and Biking in the Forest City
Big Ferry Trail
Savannah is famous for its mighty oaks draped in Spanish Moss, but there is a wealth of other nature ready to be explored. Big Ferry Trail is a prime loop to hike or cycle around fresh and saltwater sloughs, alligator ponds, and shell middens. The trail is a must-see for history buffs. Large mounds can be seen from the trail. These mounds are earthworks built during the Civil War as fortifications against the Union troops. Further into the trail are the remains of several Prohibition-era moonshine stills. Big Ferry Trail is also conveniently close to other paths and hiking trails in Skidaway Island State Park.
The Whitemarsh Preserve offers a sandy trail that is excellent for mountain biking. The trail laces its way throughout the preserve and is famously easy to navigate. The continuous loop is 5 miles, easily repeatable, making it the perfect place to get in some cardio. Set inside 150 acres of maritime forests, the loop is shaded and well protected from the elements.
Wormsloe Historic Site Trail
Visitors looking for a more iconic Savannah experience should hike the Wormsloe Historic Site Trail. Here guests can stroll underneath Oak Avenue’s 400 moss-draped oak trees. The trail begins underneath a stone archway built in 1913 and continues past the Wormsloe Plantation and tabby ruins. Tabby is a kind of local concrete made from crushed oyster shells commonly found in centuries’ old structures throughout Georgia. Past the historic buildings, the trails continue through miles of coastal forests and gorgeous scenery.
A Day at the Beach
Tybee Island Beach
The barrier islands are some of the most beautiful beaches in the southeastern United States and Tybee Island is no exception. Tybee Island Beach is divided into northern, middle, and southern beaches with more beaches on the river coastline side. Plenty of room to spread out and social distance! The northern beach is picturesque and home to the Cockspur Lighthouse, the smallest lighthouse in Georgia. Savannah began relighting Cockspur in 2007. A stroll along the pier in the middle beach is a picturesque sunset activity. The calmer waters on the river beaches are perfect for paddleboarding, kayaking, and canoeing.
Wassaw Island is only accessible by chartered or private boat and a hot spot for lots of secluded beaches. The island is only open during daylight hours, perfect for a family day trip. The beaches are excellent places to swim, sea kayak, surf fish, and birdwatch. Wassaw is a less crowded option for the folks who usually visit Hilton Head.
City Walking Tours
Historic District Walking Tour
Tourists flock to Savannah for the city’s rich history. An outstanding way to get to know the vibrant stories of its past is a self-guided walking tour. A tour through the Historic District, with a focus on the gorgeously restored old homes, is a great way to learn about the architecture that spans two centuries. Your mobile device becomes your tour guide through Victorian, Neo-Gothic, and English Recency mansions. Filled with fun facts and local knowledge, this tour is eclectic fun for the whole family.
Real Pirates of Savannah
Pirate lore is a huge part of Savannah’s seafaring history. The Real Pirates of Savannah walking tour is an introduction to the villainous seadogs that used to prowl the streets. Even Captain Flint, of Treasure Island fame, and his crew used to roam the city. Learn all about the nefarious doings of pirates and why Savannah was a particularly opportune place for them to haunt.
Savannah is centuries old and historically filled with odious characters. Some of those characters never left. Self-guided ghost walking tours are available throughout the city from a variety of tour groups. There are both daytime and nighttime options. Each tour uses your mobile device to guide you from location to location, describes the grim history of each place, and the ghostly manifestations found there. The Marshall House is a frequent stop on ghost tours. It was used as a hospital during the Civil War and guests of the house have reported seeing apparitions of wounded soldiers stalking the halls.