Friday, January 17, 2014

Skidaway Island State Park and Jekyll Island, GA

Well, I start off 2014 behind in my blogging, big surprise!!!  I am currently in Myakka River State Park, Fl (Sarasota), but need to finish Dec, 2013 in my blog. 

After leaving the shop in Auburn, GA, I headed to Skidaway Island State Park in Savannah, GA.   I was there Dec 6 – 14.  They have Water & Electric sites like many state parks, but they also some premium spots that are Full Hook-ups (they have sewer hookups along with water and electric). But those sites are $10.00 more. I decided to go with the cheaper spots as Georgia’s state parks aren’t that cheap. I paid $30.00 per night, but the campground was great!  I have noticed that many state parks have gone up in price.  The park has a few trails and a great campground.  I enjoyed several of the trails including the Big Ferry Trail, which is the only trail you can bike on.

It started off as a wide trail, but didn’t take too long to get much narrower.  But it was fun, even with all the roots in the trail.


On one part of the trail is an old still.  A nearby sign stated that from the early 1900’s up until the construction of the first bridge in the late 1960’s Skidaway was a hideout for moonshiners.  In the picture below, you can see the axe marks made when the still was destroyed by law officials.

skid_big_ferry_trail_still Also on the trail is a birdwatching tower.


I didn’t do too much in Savannah, but I did go to Bonaventure Cemetery and attended the Bonaventure Historical society walk.  One of the graves is Gracie Watson.  She was a young girl who died of pneumonia and supposedly her ghost wanders around the cemetery some nights.

It was a foggy dreary day, when I visited – just right for a cemetery visit.

My next stop was Jekyll Island.  While there I enjoyed biking and walking.  Most mornings, I walked a loop that included a quick stop at Driftwood Beach. 

When biking around the island, I stopped at St. Andrews Beach picnic area for a quick break. 

I also found a bench just next to one of the crossovers was a great rest area.  One day, while here I saw a ferret that had escaped from someone and watched him go into the ocean for a swim. 

I have always liked the pictures of big bridges that appear to be floating above fog.  While on a drive from Jekyll Island to Bainbridge, I saw this --

From Jekyll Island, I headed back to the North Georgia Mountains to spend Christmas week.  On the Friday after Christmas, we had our family get together. 

I wrote this about a week ago while at Myakka River, but I did not have a very good internet connection, so I am just now posting this blog.  I am currently at Fort DeSoto Park in Tierra Verde, FL!


  1. I just loved Skidaway but like you am finding that the state parks are now as expensive as private parks. I think we may have been at Myakka River at the same time. We left there this past Tuesday after being there a week. Sorry we missed you. Are you at the Fort Desota that is a county park and WAY expensive outside of Clearwater? I was there once and loved it but it's too pricey for me.

    1. Sherry, I was at my Myakka January 3rd thru the 8th. From there I went to Oscar Scherer State Park and then on down to Fort DeSoto. Fort DeSoto is a Pinellas county park and is south of St Petersburg. It is pricey, but I really like this park. I saw on your blog that you guys went to the RV show on Wed., I went on Thursday.


  2. Enjoyed this post as I also plan on visiting the beaches along the East coast.