Golden Isles

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The Golden Isles comprise a vast network of rivers, marshes and barrier islands that provide habitats for hundreds of species of birds. More than 300 species of birds (75 percent of the total species of birds seen in Georgia) have been spotted along the Coastal Birding Trail, of which locations in the Golden Isles are a part.

The Colonial Coast Birding Trail extends along the Georgia coast, from Savannah at the northern end of the trail to St. Mary’s at the southern end, and westward to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The trail includes 18 sites, five of which are located in the Golden Isles. These sites are designated by special signs that identify them as part of the Coastal Birding Trail.

The area’s importance as a birding destination has been underscored by the Georgia Audubon Society, which has designated two important birding areas in the Golden Isles: Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island. The birds you see will depend on when and where you visit. Some birds can be seen year round while others are migratory and can be seen only during migration periods, generally in the spring and fall. Your visit to Georgia’s Golden Isles is sure to be rewarded with sightings of interesting and unusual birds from birds of prey to shorebirds, wading birds, waterfowl and gulls. Consequently, each visit offers the chance to experience a new wildlife adventure.

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Colonial Coast Birding Trail

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Coastal Georgia is steeped in human and natural history. Since the first human inhabitants colonized the coast, man and the abundant natural resources found here have been inexorably linked.

Hofwyl Broadfield Plantation

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

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5556 U.S. Hwy 17 N.,
Brunswick, GA 31525
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This beautiful plantation represents the history and culture of Georgia’s rice coast. In the early 1800s, William Brailsford of Charleston carved a rice plantation from marshes along the Altamaha River.

Gould's Inlet

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Fifteenth Street, Bruce Drive,
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
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On the northern tip of East Beach, at the end of Bruce Drive, is Gould’s Inlet.  Not primarily a beach destination, but rather a bird watching, fishing and ocean observation area.

Driftwood Beach

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Jekyll Island, GA 31527
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Located on the north end of Jekyll Island, Driftwood beach will amaze you with the beautiful driftwood and trees that resemble a tree graveyard.  This is due to the north end of the island slowly eroding away and being deposited on the south end of the island.  Driftwood beach offers a wonderful

St. Andrews Picnic Area

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Address:

S. Beachview Drive,
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
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