Savannah Villas

McQueens Island Historic Trail

September 6th, 2011 by Robbie Bell

The McQueens Island Historic Trail is truly one of Savannah’s gems. It provides access to the natural beauty of the area, far from the historic city squares and stately architecture found in the city itself. Bikers and walkers staying at our Savannah, Georgia, Vacation Rentals will not want to miss it.

Shipping traffic seen from the McQueens Island Historic Trail. Photo by Rob Steel.

In the late 1800s, a railroad connected Savannah to Tybee Island, at the mouth of the Savannah River. Much of the old railway has since been converted into a biking / walking trail parallel to the South Channel of the Savannah River. It is a delightful spot for exercise and fresh air.

The gravel trail follows the river for six miles, often passing through saltwater marshes. Cabbage palms, coastal cedars, and yaupon holly line the path. The McQueens Island Historic Trail runs quite close to the river in some spots, more removed in other spots. Walkers, runners and bikers should keep an eye out for frolicking dolphins, American alligators, box turtles, bobcats, and birds. Shipping traffic is common, as well.

There are many benches along the trail, and picnic tables at each end. Allow time to visit Fort Pulaski, at the east end of the trail, and the turning point at the west end of the trail. Here picnic tables surround an enormous oak tree, decorated with an unusual assortment of buoys, driftwood, bones, etc. It has to be seen to be fully appreciated.

When availability permits, Savannah Pedicab will deliver bikes to any of our Savannah Vacation Rentals.

Additional trail information and photos may be found at McQueens Island Historic Trail.

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