Fodor's Expert Review Driftwood Beach
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 live oaks and pines are being consumed by the sea at an alarming rate. The snarl of trunks and limbs and the dramatic, massive root systems of upturned trees are an eerie and intriguing tableau of nature's slow and steady power. It's been estimated that nearly 1,000 feet of Jekyll's beach have been lost since the early 1900s. Bring your camera; the photo opportunities are terrific, and this is the best place to shoot St. Simons Lighthouse. The snarling branches of submerged trees can make this a dangerous place to swim, however, so use caution in the water. Restrooms and other facilities are at the Clam Creek Picnic Area. Amenities: parking; showers; toilets. Best for: solitude; sunrise.