LOCATE IT: Coastal Georgia

Georgia Coast: Wild Horses, Alligators and Miles of Sandy Beaches

Generations of Georgians have played on Georgia’s beaches, while others are pleasantly
surprised at Georgia’s coastline which borders on the Atlantic Ocean.

Stretching for more than 100 miles between the Savannah and St. Marys rivers, the Georgia Coast is blessed with some of the most distinct ecosystems on the planet. Georgia’s coast offers sandy beaches, ocean waves, palm trees, and nearly tropical weather for nine or 10 months out of the year, expansive marshes, hundreds-year-old live oaks, and incredible animal species.

Four state parks and five historic sites provide access to the area’s diverse natural and historical resources. Camp, picnic, and walk the two nature trails that wind through marshes, live oaks, cabbage-palmettos and longleaf pines at Skidaway Island State Park in “Georgia’s First City” – Savannah. Watch for deer, raccoons, shore birds, and rare migrating birds such as the Painted Bunting. While packed with Civil War history, Fort McAllister in Richmond Hill is also a quiet location for camping, hiking, fishing, and picnicking. Tybee Island, often referred to as Savannah’s beach, offers visitors a place for all seasons with sandy beaches, great fishing, and rich history at every turn. Bring your tent or RV and set up at Tybee’s River’s End Campground.

See gopher tortoises, fiddler crabs, herons, and other coastal birds, or put your boat into the water before sunrise to fish for the catch of the day at Crooked River State Park. Practically on the border between Georgia and Florida, Crooked River State Park offers campsites surrounded by Spanish moss-

draped oaks, and a nature trail that winds through maritime forest and salt marsh. West of Crooked River, near Waycross, is Laura S. Walker State Park, home to many fascinating creatures and plants, with opportunities for boating, skiing, fishing, and playing golf.

Near Crooked River State Park, take a ferry from St. Marys to the 17.5 mile-long Cumberland Island National Seashore [link to trail description] which provides outdoor enthusiasts with salt marshes, nearly deserted beaches, birding, wild horses, and historic sites, all contributing to a unique wilderness experience. Back on the mainland, a few miles to the west, is the Okefenokee Swamp, known for its alligators and other marquee Southern species and recognized as one of the most unique wildernesses in the world. Canoeing, kayaking, and guided boat tours, such as those offered by Okefenokee Adventures in Folkston and Okefenokee Swamp Park in Waycross, make this wilderness accessible to practically everyone. The swamp’s three entrances at Waycross, Fargo and Folkston offer a rare opportunity for outdoor recreation and education in the same day.

North of Waycross, search for more than 50 geocaches in the charming city of Blackshear or paddle the winding Satilla River [link to trail description] from several Pierce County entry points.

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Coastal Georgia - Locations

River’s End Campground & RV Park

Georgia Coast
5 Fort Ave.
Tybee Island, GA 31328
912-786-5518

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Okefenokee Heritage Center

Georgia Coast
1460 N. Augusta Ave.
Waycross, GA 31503
912-285-4260

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Historic Downtown Waycross

Georgia Coast
417 Pendleton St.
Waycross, GA 31501
912-287-2969

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The Lakes Golf Course

Georgia Coast
5500 Laura Walker Rd.
Waycross, GA 31503
912-285-6154

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Fort McAllister State Park

Georgia Coast
3894 Fort McAllister Rd.
Richmond Hill, GA 31324
912-727-2339

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Okefenokee Swamp Park

Georgia Coast
5700 Okefenokee Swamp Park
Waycross, GA 31503
912-283-0583

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Skidaway Island State Park

Georgia Coast
52 Diamond Causeway
Savannah, GA 31411
912-598-2300

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Crooked River State Park

Georgia Coast
6222 Charlie Smith Sr. Hwy.
St. Marys, GA 31558
912-882-5256

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Okefenokee Adventures

Georgia Coast
4159 Suwannee Canal Rd.
Folkston, GA 31537
912-496-7156

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Laura S. Walker State Park

Georgia Coast
5653 Laura Walker Rd.
Waycross, GA 31503
912-287-4900

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1894 Hanging Jail

Georgia Coast
318 Taylor St.
Blackshear, GA 31516
912-449-7000

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A Big Wheel RV Park

Georgia Coast
6031 Charlie Smith Sr. Hwy.
St. Marys, GA 31558
912-576-5386

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Adam Strain Building and Historic Site

Georgia Coast
109-111 Broad St.
Darien, GA 31305
912-437-4725

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Altamaha Coastal Tours

Georgia Coast
229 Fort King George Dr.
Darien, GA 31305
912-437-6010

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Altamaha Regional Park

Georgia Coast
1605 Altamaha Park Rd.
Brunswick, GA 31523
912-264-2342

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Altamaha River Kayak and Canoe Trail – Darien

Georgia Coast
Darien River Landing
Darien, GA 31305
912-437-6684

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Altamaha Scenic Byway Driving Tour

Georgia Coast
105 Fort King George, I-95 at Exit 49
Darien, GA 31305
912-437-3766

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Altamaha Waterfowl Management Area

Georgia Coast
U.S. Hwy. 17
Darien, GA 31525
912-262-3173

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Amick’s Deep Sea Fishing

Georgia Coast

Tybee Island, GA 31410-2319
912-897-6759

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Ashantilly Center

Georgia Coast
15591 GA Hwy. 99
Darien, GA 31305
912-437-4473

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Bailey Street Park

Georgia Coast
Bailey Street
Waycross, GA 31501
912-287-2969

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Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Georgia Coast
GA Hwy. 122
Folkston, GA 31537
229-482-3453

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Barry’s Beach Service

Georgia Coast
420 Arnold Rd.
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
912-638-8053

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Bell Farms Rabbiteye Winery

Georgia Coast
4331 Hwy. 32
Bristol, GA 31518
912-647-2807

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Billy Cullens Memorial Nature Trail and Observation Towers

Georgia Coast
U.S. Hwy. 17, South Butler Island
Darien, GA 31305
912-262-3173

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Black Creek Golf Club

Georgia Coast
277 Canterwood Dr.
Ellabelle, GA 31308
912-858-4653

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Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Refuge

Georgia Coast

Blackbeard Island, GA 31327
912-652-4415

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Blackshear Civil War Prison Camp

Georgia Coast
Hwy. 203 N.
Blackshear, GA 31516
912-449-7044

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Blackshear Geo Tour

Georgia Coast
318 Taylor St.
Blackshear, GA 31516
912-449-7000

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Blue N Hall Marina & Boat Ramp

Georgia Coast
1510 Blue N Hall Rd.
Darien, GA 31305
912-264-7218

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