The oldest city in Georgia (established in 1733) is a hotbed of Southern cuisine, best known to travelers for its vibrant culture, funky art, and bevy of Gothic and Greek Revival architecture in a downtown area divided into walkable and scenic squares. But the terrain sitting just outside the historic downtown is even more enticing, as Savannah is nestled on the inner edge of a tangle of barrier islands that buffer the mainland from the Atlantic Ocean. A good number of those barrier islands are undeveloped and protected as parks and wildlife refuges, offering outdoor adventurers desolate beaches, lonely trails and frothy breaks to explore. Mind the seasons, as summer often brings sweltering heat and swarming bugs. Winter, however, is a bastion of mild temperatures, clear skies and empty beaches. Plan accordingly with the following picks for the best outdoor adventures near Savannah.
Sea Kayaking Little Tybee Island
Tybee Island (highlighted below) is a developed island with a popular beach outside of Savannah. Its sister island, Little Tybee, is a completely undeveloped barrier island that sits just across the mouth of Tybee Creek, a mile from the southern end of Tybee. You need a boat to reach it, but its close proximity makes Little Tybee an ideal sea kayaking adventure. Launch from Tybee’s Back River Beach and paddle the mile of open water. Once on Little Tybee, explore the large beach that faces the Atlantic, or paddle the tidal creeks that meander into the island. If you don’t have a kayak, several outfitters in Savannah offer rentals and guided tours. Pay attention to the daily tides and launch your boat accordingly. More info: visittybee.com