10 of The Best Savannah Neighborhoods for Nature Lovers
If you are a nature lover looking to settle down in Savannah, you are in luck. Savannah has many neighborhoods that offer scenic views, hiking trails, and access to other great outdoor activities. Here are 10 of the best Savannah neighborhoods that nature lovers should consider:
Richmond Hill is a picturesque, nearby community located just southwest of Savannah. This city is known for its beautiful marshes and rivers, making it a popular spot for boating and fishing. Two of the best neighborhoods in Richmond Hill for nature lovers are Waterways, more affordable and great for families, and The Ford Plantation, which is more on the side of luxurious living. Both neighborhoods offer stunning views of the water and have easy access to hiking trails like Green Creek Trail and Magnolia Trail.
The Residential Islands of Savannah
First, we have Tybee Island, located just off the coast of Savannah. Tybee Island is its own city and the only barrier island in the Savannah area that is accessible by car. Living here is an ecological adventure as Tybee is home to a beautiful beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Residents here don’t mind cohabitating with the surrounding marine wildlife. Locals watch, dolphins jumping at dusk and work together to maintain the shoreline nests built by loggerhead turtles living on our coast. Tybee also has several nearby nature trails and state parks like McQueen’s Trail and Fort Pulaski’s trails. One of the best neighborhoods on Tybee Island for nature lovers is the luxurious Spanish Hammock, which is located near the beach and has easy access to hiking trails.
Slightly further inland is The Islands, which is an area of Savannah made up of several smaller residential islands: Wilmington Island, Whitmarsh Island, Talahi Island, and Oatland Island. Water lovers flock to this area of Savannah, which is home to a plethora of marinas with deep water access. Wilmington is the biggest of the islands and is an especially popular spot for boating, sailing, and fishing. Whitmarsh Island has the beautiful Whitmarsh Preserve, which contains over six miles of walking paths delighting walkers, runners, and bikers. The 2.4-mile inner loop takes about 45 minutes to complete and is stroller/wheelchair friendly with a hard, dirt-packed trail. Oatland Island probably takes the cake for nature lovers. It’s home to the Oatland Island Wildlife Center, which has some of the most unique walking trails in Savannah. Visitors can view bobcats, wolves, water buffalo, alligators, and more in their respective enclosures along these forested paths.
Skidaway Island is a large island located southeast of Savannah in the Moon River District. The area is a coastal paradise and is home to the Skidaway Island State Park, which has several hiking trails and boardwalks throughout maritime forests. It even has an observation deck which is perfect for birding and viewing marine life from a higher vantage point. The island also headquarters the UGA Marine Science Institute, which allows visitors to enjoy its boardwalks, connect with marine animals in its touch tank, and learn about coastal wildlife here in Savannah. Skidaway Island is home to many gated communities. The best neighborhood on Skidaway Island is The Landings, which is a golf community and has 30 miles of paved nature trails that weave throughout the woods, wetlands, and along beautiful waterways. This is a hard community to get into, as everyone wants to live here! Skidaway Island offers several smaller communities like Modena and South Harbor. Overall the entire island is a great place for the active, outdoorsman, nature lovers and those who just want to relax in the fresh air.Also in the Moon River District is, the beautiful Isle of Hope, a small community located just south of Savannah. This island is known for its beautiful oak trees and historic homes sitting along the bluff that overlooks the Skidaway River. The best neighborhood on the Isle of Hope for nature lovers is the Isle of Hope Historic District. Boating, fishing, and sailing are popular activities here. Residents will often catch sight of deer, raccoons, armadillos, foxes, and rabbits to name a few.
Rincon is an up-and-coming nearby community located just northwest of Savannah, nestled against Springfield. This area is known for its small-town charm and its heavily wooded neighborhoods. It has 13 river access points and is in the perfect location for having a wonderful outdoor oasis at home. We recommend looking into buying land in Rincon, which is a great investment opportunity as the city begins to grow. And for those looking for a neighborhood to call home, look into the highly coveted Lost Plantation and Silverwood Plantation communities, both pretty and quiet.
Another nearby community is Port Wentworth, a small city located just northwest of Savannah. This city is known for its beautiful marshes and waterways, making it a popular spot for boating and fishing. One cool attraction for nature lovers in the area is the Solomon Tract, which is 887 acres of heavily wooded upland and bottomland hardwood forests, a Ducks Unlimited impoundment. The area has two open fields and is great for hiking. It is also near the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, which is a 31,551-acre protected wildlife sanctuary located in Chatham and Effingham counties. If you like the sound of that then you may want to look at neighborhoods close by. Rice Hope is the “it” neighborhood for families and nature lovers alike, as it is near outdoor activities and the lots in the neighborhood are spacious.
Southside Savannah is a large area located just south of downtown Savannah. This area is known for its shopping and dining options, but it also has several popular nature trails and parks. For instance, Lake Mayer is a public community lake where neighbors fish, exercise, feed ducks, picnic, and enjoy a pristine outdoor recreation park. Joseph Tribble Park is a crown jewel of the Windsor Forest neighborhood and features its lake, trails, and plenty of natural wildlife. Two of the best neighborhoods in Southside Savannah for nature lovers are Halcyon Bluff and Coffee Bluff along the quiet Vernon River. These less-traversed areas of Savannah offer peaceful communities, salt marsh scenery, and plenty of coastal wildlife.
Pooler is a growing city located just west of Savannah. This city is known for its shopping and dining options, but it also has many nature trails and parks. Two of the best neighborhoods in Pooler for nature lovers are Godley Station, great for young families and dog lovers, and Savannah Quarters, great for established couples and families. Both neighborhoods are perfect for those who want proximity to nature and the city, as you’re less than 15 miles from whatever you would like to do, yet can enjoy watching the birds and deer roam your yard as you drink your coffee.
Statesboro is a small city located just west of Savannah neighboring the smaller community of Brooklet. Both quiet and calm, with nature all around but the outer edges of Statesboro and Brooklet are covered in sprawling farmland and outdoor recreation opportunities. If you want to delve into nature, you can buy some land and build your house or you can go for the best neighborhood for golfers and nature lovers in Statesboro, Meadow Lakes. Either way, you will be in a peaceful, tucked-away corner of Statesboro that offers that country life and tranquility life that a lot of us nature lovers seek.
No matter where you find yourself moving or your preference of outdoor scenery, the Savannah area has many options for living amongst nature!