The best way to see your town, city or neighborhood, and to get some exercise at the same time, is by walking around and exploring. Savannah is no exception to this rule with its myriad of parks, historical landmarks and walking tours.
Savannah and its neighboring towns are home to several state parks outfitted for walking, running, hiking and other family activities. One such attraction is the J. F. Gregory Park in Richmond Hill (http://www.richmondhill-ga.gov/parks/JFGregoryPark/tabid/149/Default.aspx), which features a three-mile nature trail, the Georgia colonial coast birding trail and the coastal Georgia Greenway bike trail. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a more educational experience, the Fort McAllister State Park (http://www.richmondhill-ga.gov/parks/FortMcAllisterStatePark/tabid/151/Default.aspx) may be your destination. Fort McAllister, “a jewel in Georgia’s park system,” offers a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking trails. Here you can still find the preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy, which stood up to the Union ironclad warships during the Civil War.
Venturing into downtown Savannah will afford additional opportunities for walking tours. Guided walking tours will take you through Savannah’s picturesque squares, cobble stone streets, ghost-haunted mansions and cemeteries. Tours are offered during the day or at dusk and can be geared toward children or adults. Girl Scouts can earn the Creepy Stroll Badge after taking the Creepy Stroll Ghost Tour (http://www.savannahtours.com/creepystroll.html) through monuments and squares. Seekers of a more thrilling adventure can take the Ghost Tour, conducted under the cloak of darkness (http://www.savannahwalks.com/savannah_ghosts.html), and learn about the local legends, haunted houses and the occasional house exorcism. And every walking tour, of course, will include a lesson in Savannah’s history.
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