Jekyll Island is located off the Georgia coast, midway between Savannah, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida. Situated between St. Simons Island and Cumberland Island, Jekyll is a short drive from the town of Brunswick and boasts of a salt marsh characteristic of the southeastern seaboard and a beach with the Atlantic Ocean lapping its shores. At 5,700 acres and a 33% limit on business development, Jekyll is the smallest of Georgia’s barrier islands, yet resplendent with moss draped live oaks, marshes and remote beaches with natural sand dunes and indigenous wildlife. The island is owned by the state and operated by the Jekyll Island Authority whose members are appointed by the governor.Beaches
Jekyll Island’s 10 miles of unspoiled beaches are perfect for sunbathing or swimming, for leisurely walks or invigorating jogs. Perhaps best known for their natural bounty, Jekyll Island’s beaches offer shell collecting for guests young and old. Many live creatures abound as well, including hermit crabs and sand dollars. Though it is tempting to collect these interesting creatures, you can help preserve the Island’s shoreline environment by leaving them as you find them, and by limiting your “catch” of shells.
As a barrier island, Jekyll Island’s beaches feature unique formations and are ever-changing. The ebb and flow of the tide many times determine the size and unusual characteristics of the beach. Each year, due tidal changes, wind and water currents, sand and silt from the marshlands of the northern coast are deposited on the beaches of the southern coast causing the entire island and ecosystems to evolve.
Public showers and restrooms are located at several sites and picnic areas.Bird Watching
Almost immediately, you will notice the vast variety of birds that make the island home. In addition to the year-round population, Jekyll Island serves as a resting place in the spring and fall for migrating species on the Atlantic Flyway. Jekyll Island is so significant a habitat, that it has been designated an “Important Birding Area (IBA)” by the Georgia Audubon Societies.
The island also is one of eighteen sites along the Colonial Coast Birding Trail and features several significant birding sites: near the Welcome Center on the Jekyll Island Causeway; at Clam Creek on the northern side of the island; and at the “Glory” beach near the Jekyll Island Soccer Complex.Horseback Riding
If you’re seeking a different perspective while exploring the island, you might want to saddle up and experience Jekyll Island on horseback! Guided tours originate from the Clam Creek picnic area on the island’s north end, make their way though maritime forests and along the salt marshes, then return along beautiful Driftwood Beach.
Reservations are required and can be made Monday through Saturday (weather permitting) at Victoria’s Carriages and Trail Rides at the Island History Center on Stable Road. Kayaking & Canoeing
Jekyll Island’s protected natural beauty is meant to be explored. This fact especially holds true for the Island’s salt marshes and estuarial waters. One of the best ways to experience this intriguing ecosystem is by strapping on a life jacket, grabbing a paddle and taking a kayak or canoe out into the inland waterways. There’s no better way to observe native birds, fish and other coastal creatures in their natural habitat.
The Tidelands Nature Center offers a three-hour guided tour along Jekyll Creek, where an experienced naturalist leads visitors through the island’s salt marshes and teaches about the various flora and fauna along the way. Nature Walks
Jekyll Island’s abundance of unspoiled natural beauty – from its richly preserved maritime forests to its pristine dune systems to its 10 miles of tidal beaches – is perhaps best appreciated with the assistance and guidance of an experienced Jekyll Island staffers and volunteers.
From beach combing and shell collecting to bird watching and Sea Turtle patrolling, Jekyll Island packs a lot of activities in a small space. Guided activities include nature walks, Historic District Landscape Tours, and Turtle Walks (part of the Jekyll Island Sea Turtle Project, offered from May through August).Jekyll Island Historic District: Courtesy of Georgia Department of Economic DevelopmentGeorgia's Largest Public Golf Resort Invites You to Bring Your Clubs!
Jekyll Island has been a golf destination since 1898, when Jekyll Island Club members added the first course on the island near the present-day airport. Today, Jekyll Island boasts 63 holes of golf on three 18-hole courses and one 9-hole course, earning Jekyll Island the bragging rights as Georgia's largest public golf resort.
For the kids, the Jekyll Island Water Park offers a lot of thrills and fun.Jekyll Island Water Park: Courtesy of Georgia Department of Economic Development
For more visitor information about Jekyll Island, including its fascinating history, you should visit The Jekyll Island Foundation
website. You can discover more about some of Jekyll Island's main historic and cultural attractions in the advertisements at the bottom of this page.