Cumberland Island, preserved and protected for future generations, is a National Seashore (operated by the National Park Service) and includes designated wilderness areas, undeveloped beaches, historic sites, cultural ruins, critical habitat and nesting areas, as well as numerous plant and animal communities, including wild horses. Located just south of Jekyll Island and accessible only by water, the ferry to Cumberland departs from St. Marys, Georgia. Reservations are recommended. For more information call 912-882-4336 or visit: www.nps.gov/cuis/planyourvisit
Saint Simons Island
Like Jekyll Island, St. Simons Island is one of Georgia’s famed Golden Isles. Located 15 miles north of Jekyll, St. Simons Island offers beaches, golfing, fishing, shopping and dining. A working lighthouse, museums and Fort Frederica are among the Island’s many historic attractions. For more information, call 912-265-0620.
Sapelo Island is located north of Jekyll Island along the Georgia coast in McIntosh County. The 16,500 acre island is the 4th largest barrier island in Georgia. Attractions include its deserted beaches, lighthouse and the Reynolds Mansion. The Island can be reached only by ferry and reservations are required. For tour information, call 912-437-3224 or for more information visit: www.gastateparks.org/sapeloislandreynoldsmansion
Okefenokee Swamp Park
Known as the “land of the trembling earth,” Okefenokee is a National Wildlife Refuge covering nearly a half million acres. The Park, located near Waycross, Georgia, offers an interpretive center, nature exhibits, elevated walking paths and guided swamp tours. Open 9-5:30, year round. For information, call 912-283-0583 or 912-283-0023. Or visit www.okeswamp.com
Fort King George
Fort King George located in Darien, GA is the oldest English fort remaining on Georgia’s coast. From 1721 until 1736, Fort King George was the southern outpost of the British Empire in North America. Using old records and drawings, this 18th century frontier fortification on the Altamaha River has been reconstructed for public tours. Open 9-5, Tuesday-Sunday for tours call 912-437-4770. Click here to learn more about this Historic Georgia Site.
The plantation illustrates more than a century of Georgia’s coastal history and was owned and occupied by the same family from 1804 to 1973. The plantation, originally known as “Broadfield,” became a center for rice cultivation in the 19th century. Open 9-5, Tuesday-Saturday and 2-5:30 on Sunday for tour information call 912-264-7333 or click here.