The Coastal Isles and the Okefenokee Feature

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Saltwater marshes: Fringing the coastline, waist-high grasses transform both sunlight and shadow with their lyrical textures and shapes.

Geechee culture: Vestiges of Georgia's Black Republic, an independent state of freed slaves established on the barrier islands in the mid-19th century, remain at the Sapelo Island settlement of Hog Hammock.

Horses of Cumberland: Some 200 feral horses, descendants of horses abandoned by the Spanish in the 1500s, roam the wilderness of Cumberland Island.

Jekyll Island: Originally the exclusive winter retreat of America's exceptionally rich, this village of mansion-size "cottages" is now open to all.

Go for a ride: Jekyll Island has 20 miles of paved bike paths that traverse salt marshes, maritime forests, beaches, and the island's National Historic Landmark District.

Updated: 09-2013

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