The best way to see Savannah is by kayak

Sure you can walk along River Street and see Savannah the way everyone sees it. But why not get out into the tidal marshes that make this stretch of Southern coast line unique.

Ever want to do a physical activity but don’t feel like standing up? Want to have a day in the water but you forgot to pack a swimsuit? Folks, we would like to remind you about a wonderful invention called a kayak.

When we decided to head to Savannah this year the very first activity we picked was kayaking. Downtown Savannah is separated from the sea by a beautiful maritime forest. No trip to the Lowcountry is complete without a stop out there.

Savannah is at the southern end of a 200-mile stretch of coastline called the Lowcountry. The massive tidal fluctuations that give this area it’s name also create a vibrant and unique ecosystem that is home to beautiful marshes, arching live oaks, horses, birds of all shapes and sizes, and some of the best shrimp fishing in the world.

What that means for you is a peaceful saltwater kayaking (or canoeing or paddle boarding) through pristine seascapes without the worry of waves to knock you over. And you will have plenty of opportunities to pull over and hike or relax one any of the woody landscapes that line the creeks and rivers of the marsh.

Our kayak experience

For our trip we partnered with Savannah Canoe and Kayak to paddle the Skidaway River. As we pulled our boats into the water underneath an early morning rainbow we saw a handful of other swimmers, paddle boarders, and fisherman, but as soon as we hit the tall grasses we felt as if we were the only people on the river.

As the production crew conversed and paddled through the maritime forest, our kayaking guide Mamie Buoy gave us a heads up kill the motor of our guide boat. We were approaching an area know to house bald eagle and osprey. And sure enough, maybe thirty seconds after our heads up, a bald eagle was spotted. The sun was fully up and boat traffic was up and running but the forests were so dense and quiet that we could still hear the bald eagle’s distinct squeaks and chirps as we paddled further into the marsh.

After we stopped off for a quick chat and a long gaze at the beautiful live oaks, Mamie gave us our second surprise of the day: peppermint tea. It was the perfect treat for a cool morning out on the river and was indicative of Mamie’s expertise in how to craft the perfect kayaking trip. Many of the folks at Savannah Canoe and Kayak have spent decades on these water and their knowledge is invaluable when planning a trek out into the Lowcountry.

So the next time you find yourself in Savannah: yes, you should do a ghost tour; yes, you should do a history tour; but absolutely make some time to head out into the beautiful marshes that makes this place so unique.