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Georgia's Colonial Coast Birding Trail

Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge

Description: This refuge is located on an abandoned World War II Army airfield. There are more than 2,700 acres of saltwater marsh, freshwater impoundments, mixed deciduous forests and open fields. These habitats support an amazing array of birds. Types of Birds: Songbirds, birds of prey, wading birds, waterfowl

Best Birding Seasons: Songbirds (all), birds of prey (all), wading birds (all), waterfowl (all)

Specialties: Wood stork, white ibis, painted bunting

Tips: The best time to view nesting wood storks, great egrets, snowy egrets, black-crowned night herons, anhingas and other waders is May and June. One of the best places in Georgia to view nesting wading birds, Harris Neck provides the only man-made nesting structures for wood storks. Nesting wading birds are best viewed with a spotting scope. Look for painted buntings in late spring through summer. Fee: None.

Hours: Sunrise to sunset, seven days a week.

Telephone Number: (843) 784-2486

Fun Things to Do: Fish from one of two fishing piers (one is handicapped accessible) located on the entrance to the refuge. The area has an outstanding driving trail and bicycling is encouraged.

Directions: Take Exit 67, travel south on US 17 approximately one mile to Harris Neck Road (CR 246) just past the Smallest Church in America. This road leads to the refuge. Travel 6.5 miles to the refuge entrance, which is on the left. See the map.