Blackbeard Island


McIntosh County, Ga

Virtual Tour of Blackbeard Island

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Blackbeard Island Wildlife Refuge

Blackbeard Island was acquired by the Navy Department at public auction in 1800 as a source of live oak timber for ship building. A Presidential Proclamation in 1940 changed its designation from Blackbeard Island Reservation to Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Refuge. Today, the refuge's 5,618 acres include maritime forest, salt marsh, freshwater marsh and beach habitat. In 1975, three thousand acres of the refuge were set aside as National Wilderness. Believed to have been used by Blackbeard the Pirate for hiding his ships and treasure as well as used for the vast forrest of lumber for repairing their ships after battle. The numerous channels and sounds offer perfect conditions for pirates who were known to have used the area.

Address and Telephone Number

Write to
Savannah Coastal Refuges
Parkway Business Center
1000 Business Center Drive, Suite 10
Savannah, Georgia 31405

Blackbeard Island National Refuge web site