The Coastal Isles and the Okefenokee

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  • 1. Cumberland Island National Seashore

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Encompassing the vast majority of Cumberland Island, this 36,347-acre preserve has pristine forests and marshes marbled with wooded nature trails...Read More

  • 2. Georgia Sea Turtle Center

    Zoo/Aquarium

    A must-see on Jekyll Island, this is one of the few sea turtle centers in the country. This center aims to increase awareness of habitat and...Read More

  • 3. Jekyll Island National Historic Landmark District

    Historic District/Site

    This 240-acre historic district encapsulates the village that once comprised the winter retreat and seasonal residences for America's wealthiest...Read More

  • 4. Cabretta Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Just north of Nanny Goat Beach, Cabretta Beach stretches along Sapelo's eastern shore, with its northern terminus at the outflow of Blackbeard...Read More

  • 5. Christ Church Frederica

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This white-frame, Gothic-style church was built by shipwrights and consecrated in 1886 following an earlier structure's desecration by Union...Read More

  • 6. Driftwood Beach

    Beach–Sight

    For a firsthand look at the stunning effects of erosion on barrier islands, head at low tide to this oceanfront boneyard on North Beach, where...Read More

  • 7. Dungeness Beach

    Beach–Sight

    From the Dungeness ferry dock to the southern tip of the island, Dungeness Beach covers nearly 2 miles of pristine, remote coast. This wild...Read More

  • 8. East Beach

    Beach–Sight

    The most expansive stretch of public beach on St. Simons is also one of the most popular in all of the Golden Isles. Entrances sit on either...Read More

  • 9. Ebo Landing

    Historic District/Site

    In May 1803 an Igbo chief and his West African tribesmen became Geechee folk legends when they "walked back to Africa," drowning en masse rather...Read More

  • 10. Fort Frederica National Monument

    Military Site

    Built by English troops in the mid-1730s, Fort Frederica was constructed to protect the southern flank of the new Georgia colony against a Spanish...Read More

  • 11. Great Dunes Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Starting just north of the entrance road on South Beachview Drive, this strand runs from Great Dunes Park, alongside Main Street and the convention...Read More

  • 12. Great Dunes Park

    Beach–Sight

    A newer addition to Jekyll Island's beach facilities is this centrally located park next to the newly renovated convention center on South Beachview...Read More

  • 13. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Rice, not cotton, dominated Georgia's coast in the antebellum years, and the Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation is the last remaining example of a...Read More

  • 14. Hog Hammock Community

    Tour–Sight

    This small settlement near the southern end of Sapelo Island is one of the few remaining Gullah/Geechee communities on the south Atlantic Coast...Read More

  • 15. Jekyll Island Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Reopened in spring 2019 after a massive renovation, the Jekyll Island Museum—also referred to as the Mosaic—functions inside the island's former...Read More

  • 16. Nanny Goat Beach

    Beach–Sight

    On the southeastern edge of the island, this beach sits at the heart of the rich ecological zones for which the island is known and protected...Read More

  • 17. Neptune Park

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    Named after St. Simons slave Neptune Small, this newly renovated park is located near Pier Village on the island's south end. The expansive...Read More

  • 18. Okefenokee Swamp Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    This privately owned and operated park serves as the northern entrance to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, offering exhibits and orientation...Read More

  • 19. Sapelo Cultural Day

    Festival–Sight

    This celebration of Geechee folklore, music, food, handcrafts, and art takes place in Hog Hammock every year on the third weekend in October...Read More

  • 20. Sapelo Island Visitor Center

    Information Center

    Start your visit here, on the mainland near the Sapelo Island ferry docks. Check out the exhibits on the island's history, culture, and ecology...Read More

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