Savannah Running and Hiking: Our Favorite Savannah Trails

Savannah outdoors: our favorite Savannah running & hiking trails

Hike, run, walk or backpack these top trails near Savannah, exploring the city’s historic district and nearby Atlantic coast. Our favorite trails near Savannah, Georgia.

 

Savannah is Georgia’s beloved coastal city, loved by visitors and residents for its historic architecture, its nearby coastal marsh and sandy beaches, and its gnarly-branched oak trees draped in Spanish moss blowing gently in the sea breeze. Savannah is Georgia’s oldest city, dating to the early 1700s when the city served as an important colonial port located on the Savannah River.

Run Forsyth Park in Savannah's historic district

Statues, memorials, fountains and stately historic mansions pack Savannah’s well-preserved historic district, where visitors stroll perfectly-gridded streets peppered with park-like squares. But architecture aside, the city offers active outdoor adventure in and near the city, offering residents and visitors some incredible running and hiking trails.

Our favorite Savannah hiking, running and backpacking trails include an urban run in Savannah’s historic Forsyth Park, a historic hike at the Wormsloe tabby ruins (and their iconic, oak-lined drive), and coastal exploration at nearby Skidaway Island State Park. Thanks to nearly level terrain, these hiking trails make an equally great trail run for beginning and seasoned runners. South of Savannah, trek an epic backpacking adventure at Cumberland Island, catching views of Carnegie mansion ruins and herds of wild horses.

Hike, backpack or camp Cumberland Island National Seashore south of Savannah

 
 

OUR FAVORITE SAVANNAH RUNNING & HIKING TRAILS

Run this 1.8 mile loop trail in Savannah's Forsyth Park under a shady canopy, trailing past mansions and monuments

Historic Savannah Running

Running Forsyth Park

Catch a Savannah run with a scenic backdrop on this level-elevation trail around, and through, Savannah’s historic Forsyth Park. Scenery-packed and shaded, it’s our favorite running loop whenever we’re in Savannah.

1.8 MILES

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Hike the Sandpiper and Avian Loop Trails at Skidaway Island near Savannah

Skidaway Island State Park

Sandpiper & Avian Loop Trails

Hike or run this Skidaway Island two-trail combo on the park’s most popular trails to two islands and the Skidaway River. Catch views of salt flats, mossy forest, Civil War-era earthworks, and a chance to see dolphin swimming and stunning sunsets.

2 MILES

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Hike the Big Ferry Trail at Skidaway Island near Savannah to stunning coastal views

Skidaway Island State Park

Big Ferry Trail

Hike Skidaway Island to sweeping views of Savannah’s coastal marsh, trekking through moss-draped forest to an observation tower, Civil War earthworks and a prohibition-era liquor still. Nearly level, it’s an equally great bike ride, hike, or run.

2.65 MILES

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Hike or run the Wormsloe Battery Trail near Savannah to this avenue framed in moss-draped, gnarled oak trees

Wormsloe Historic Site

Wormsloe Battery Trail

Hike the Wormsloe Battery Trail to the beautifully-framed Oak Avenue that’s lined with 400 gnarled, moss-draped oak trees, and then explore Savannah’s oldest historic ruins and beautiful views of grassy salt marsh.

3.3 MILES

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Hike, backpack and camp Cumberland Island south of Savannah to serene beaches, wild horses and Carnegie mansion ruins

Cumberland Island National Seashore

Cumberland Island Backpacking & Hiking

Hike, backpack or camp Cumberland Island south of Savannah, exploring the island’s sandy beaches that seem to stretch forever, and catch sight of wild horses grazing near Carnegie mansion ruins.

2 – 20+ MILES

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What to Pack Hiking? Our hiking gear lists feature our favorite, trail-tested gear.

Our fave hiking gear

What to Pack?

Ready to hit the trail, but wondering what to pack?

Our gear lists feature our favorite, trail-tested hiking gear for day hikes on local trails and in the Georgia backcountry.

hiking gear list: local hikes

hiking gear list: backcountry

 
Eric Champlin is a writer and photographer who loves to hike, run, backpack, kayak and cycle the southeast. He’s the editor and founder of Atlanta Trails and Asheville Trails, online magazines that cover the South’s best outdoor adventures. His mission? To inspire others to get fit outdoors and explore the South’s scenic beauty.