”Just an old sweet song,
keeps Georgia on my mind.“
~ Ray Charles
On January 14, 2012, we took The Little Teardrop for a 4-night stay, to Skidaway Island State Park, which is located about 15-miles southeast of Savannah, Georgia. This is a beautiful park, with only the best amenities. Our only regret, concerning this park, is that we didn’t get to spend as much time as we had hoped. I had even planned-ahead, and scheduled an extra night at Skidaway Island, because I knew there was a lot to do in the Savannah area. But, there are so many activities in the area… Savannah, Tybee Island, etc, that we left the campground every morning, and stayed gone the entire day.
As is the case with all Georgia State Parks, we reserved “nights” at the campground, but not a specific site. Reservations guarantee a site and you get your choice of the available sites, when you arrive at the campground. Total cost for our 4-night stay… paid in advance, was $112.00. The campsites are huge… very, very private. They are nestled into the Pines and Spanish Moss covered Live Oaks, with Palmettos scattered, here and there. There were plenty of pine cones on the ground, to use as campfire kindling.
Each campsite has electricity, a concrete pad with a picnic table, water hookup with two spickets, and a campfire ring. Each site also has Cable TV hookups, on the electric box. We had a Cable TV jack installed on the Little Guy, before we left home. This is the only time we got to use it for cable. But, in the campgrounds that didn’t have cable, we hooked it to an antenna and picked-up several digital channels, in all of them. So, the price of the cable jack installation was well worth it.
The bath houses were very nice… large and clean. The showers had very hot water, with turn-type knobs. There was a dressing area for each shower, with a latching door for privacy. There was an enclosed entrance to each bath house, with a coin-operated washer & dryer… $1 each. We used both, and they were efficient.
For those who like primitive camping, there are what they call “Pioneer Campsites”. Those sites are “walk-in” only. Vehicles park on the road and campers carry equipment down the wooded trail, and camp in the primitive areas… which of course, do not have water, electricity, or cable TV. There were signs, warning Pioneer Campers to not walk the trail, after dark. I imagine it would be very easy to lose your bearings, and get lost in the woods, at night.
There was a small store in the Ranger Station. They sold firewood, a few grocery items, and a few gift shop items. We bought a couple of T-Shirts and a “Skidaway Island” sticker, for the teardrop. They also had free wi-fi… there was a covered area outside the Ranger Station, with benches and tables for wi-fi usage… and a coke machine. The wi-fi signal did not go very far. I couldn’t even pick it up in the parking spaces, at the Ranger Station. I had to go to the enclosed area, to pick up a signal. However, I was able to pick up a full AT&T 3G signal, the entire time.
Just outside of the park entrance, there is a huge outdoor shopping area, with a grocery store… Smith Bros Market. The first part of the grocery store is a Gourmet-type market, with beautifully fresh produce, a butcher-attended meat shop, a coffee shop, gourmet groceries, etc. The back area of the store was just your regular, run of the mill grocery store. They also sold good firewood, at the entrance of the store… for a good price.
We went to Smith Bros on several occasions. On our first visit, we got freshly made hamburger patties (with cheese in them), green tomatoes and a box of the batter mix, and. I had to grab some of those beautiful avocados. We had burgers on the grill, with fried green tomatoes and sliced avocados. YUMMY!
As I said, our only regret was not getting to spend enough time, in the campground. It was fabulous in every way… there was just too much to do, in the Savannah area. I am going to post on Tybee Island, and on Paula Deen’s “Lady & Sons” Restaurant, in the “Georgia” category. Each one deserves its own review. Stay tuned!