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Jekyll Island Attractions - Beaches



A Sample Listing of Beaches in the Vicinity

Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Located on the north end of Jekyll Island.

East Beach, St Simons Island, GA 31522
Stretch of beach along the oceanside of St. Simons Island.

Glory Beach, Jekyll Island, GA 31527
A section of Jekyll Island's beach south of South Dunes Picnic Area. Access to this beach through the Jekyll Island Soccer Complex via a long boardwalk which was built by the producers of the 1989 Civil War movie Glory.

Gould's Inlet, 15th St, Bruce Dr, St Simons Island, GA 31522
Gould's Inlet can be found on the northern tip of East Beach & the end of Bruce Dr.

Great Dunes Park, Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Great Dunes Park is located at the end of Ben Fortson Pkwy on N. Beachview Dr.

Jekyll Island Beach, Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Jekyll Island is a barrier island with 10 miles of beaches. Includes smaller beaches such as Driftwood Beach, Glory Beach & St Andrews Beach.

Massengale Park, 1350 Ocean Blvd, St Simons Island, GA 31522
Shaded picnic area & playground.

South Dunes Picnic Area, S Beachview Dr, Jekyll Island, GA 31527

St Andrews Picnic Area, S Beachview Dr, Jekyll Island, GA 31527

US Coast Guard Station, 1st St, St Simons Island, GA 31522
Beach location along East Beach & south of Gould's Inlet

Northern end of the Island

The north end of the island is the main area that has been impacted by human development over the past few hundred years. Early settlers and the loggers that came after they developed plantations in this area and made fallen trees to be used for extra-strong ships during wartime. In later years, much of this wilderness has been developed into golf courses.

Clam Creek Picnic Area

A short winding road leads to a parking lot and one of the three picnic areas on the island. To the west is a vast marsh hammock and an astounding view of the Sidney Lanier Bridge, a 203-foot (62 m) tall suspension bridge on Hwy 17. There is a large fishing pier that extends northwest from the picnic area. To the east, a bridge crosses Clam Creek in front of an inland marsh to connect the picnic area to the North End Beach and Driftwood Beach. These beaches are characterized by another tidal creek emptying into St. Simons Sound and a boneyard of pine and live oak tree roots, killed by beach sand eroded toward the south end of the island.

Southern end of the Island

The southern end of the island was virtually unused by settlers and visitors until the 20th century. After homes and motels were built along the northern beaches of the island, the southern areas were majorly used by African-Americans for segregated facilities until 1964. The multiple parallel dunes on the southernmost tip are a result of the beach sand from the eroding north beaches traveling southward and being deposited in a recurved spit.

South Dunes Picnic Area

This picnic area on the ocean side of the island features plenty of picnic tables, a full bathroom with showers, and a boardwalk to traverse the 20-foot (6.1 m) high dune ridge that protects this wooded area from sea breezes. This area was repaired in 1983, with bulldozers pushing new primary dunes into place to correct the damage caused by 30 years of beachgoers trampling over the enormous dunes to the beach. Alligators can be seen here in the two ponds near the boardwalk.

Glory Beach

Access to this beach is by way of a long boardwalk built in the mid-1980s by the producers of the film Glory, and it can be accessed from the soccer complex at the north end of the Jekyll Island 4-H center property. The boardwalk passes through a variety of natural habitats ranging from ancient dunes to freshwater sloughs. Looking south from the beach at the end of the boardwalk one can easily see Little Cumberland Island.

St. Andrews Picnic Area

The farthest point on the beach from Clam Creek, St. Andrews is a picnic area on the river side of the island, facing the marsh and mainland. This beach is very popular with fishing birds and dolphins, surfacing for air, can commonly be seen to the south.
 


   
 

 












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