The Coast / Savannah

Ossabaw Island

Chatham County
Savannah, GA 31419

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Ossabaw Island is the third largest of Georgia's barrier islands. It is 26,000 acres of maritime forest, tidal wetlands and wide beaches on the Atlantic Ocean. An unspoiled place set aside by the State of Georgia as a heritage preserve for natural, scientific, and cultural study, research, and education. Educational programming is offered on the island through the Ossabaw Island Foundation or the Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources. Ga DNR also manages seasonal deer and feral hog hunts for population control.

Ossabaw's 13 miles of undeveloped beaches are open to the public up to the high tide line. The island is only accessible by boat, 20 minutes from Savannah.

Ossabaw Island -- where loggerhead sea turtles and endangered wood storks nest. Where students learn research techniques and the value of an unspoiled place. Where historic cultures are studied.  Where photographers, writers, painters and musicians find inspiration.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: All Day
    Monday: All Day
    Tuesday: All Day
    Wednesday: All Day
    Thursday: All Day
    Friday: All Day
    Saturday: All Day


    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    Self-guided Tours

    General Information


    Open Year 'Round

    Group Amenities


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages