Savannah 4th of July – A Southern Independence Day

A Savannah 4th of july

Savannah is a great place to visit no matter what is going on but a Savannah 4th of July is something special. Come see how this historic Southern city celebrates America’s Independence Day!

There are so many ways to celebrate your Savannah 4th of July. Savannah is a not just a historic American city but also a patriotic one – we take Independence Day seriously – not that that means we don’t have fun. On the contrary! Below are just a few of the goings on around town that occur during a Savannah 4th of July (more…)

Fort Pulaski National Monument – A Window on History

Fort Pulaski National MonumentFort Pulaski National Monument, a brick fortification constructed in the early 1800’s to protect the city of Savannah, was the unwitting testing ground of the first rifled cannon.

Built on Cockspur Island at the mouth of the Savannah River, across from Tybee Island, Fort Pulaski is a massive, five-sided, brick fortification buttressed with 7.5-foot-wide walls. Completed in 1847, Fort Pulaski was able to mount 146 cannons, both on and inside the walls of the fort. (more…)

McQueens Island Historic Trail

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.