Skidaway Island

If you're jonesing for a tasting of coastal Georgia nature, head to Skidaway Island for an outdoorsy daytrip. Bordering the intracostal Skidaway Narrows waterway, the 500-acre State Park's woods, estuaries and marshes are ripe with outdoor activities: hiking, swimming, biking, fishing, boating, bird watching, horseback riding, even plain picniking amid scenic egology. Take one of the two meandering nature trails past fresh- and saltwater marshes, oaks, pines and cabbage-palmettos. Catch glimpses of rare migratory birds like the Painted Bunting, or climb one of the observation towers for a better view. Use one of the privately owned outfitters to rent bikes, boats or horses, and explore the island's many parks.

Too much for one day? You can book campsites, cottages and lodges at affordable rates through the Skidaway Island State Park's website. Be sure to book plenty in advance, and expect a three-day minimum over holiday weekends. There's a $5 charge for day use of the island, but Wednesdays are free.

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