There is no better proof of the unspoiled natural beauty of the Golden Isles than the abundance and variety of wildlife found along this coastal low country. The diverse mix of vast marshland, winding rivers and miles of sun-drenched beaches lends itself to numerous activities for visitors to enjoy such as saltwater fishing, sailing, kayaking and birding.
With warmer spring temperatures comes the perfect time to explore the unspoiled nature of the Golden Isles – here are a few ideas to consider as you plan your adventure.
The Colonial Coast Birding Trail
Bird enthusiasts are sure to be rewarded with sightings of interesting and unusual birds in the Golden Isles. From birds of prey to shorebirds, wading birds, waterfowl and seagulls, the Golden Isles create the ideal habitat for birding. More than 300 species of birds have been spotted along the Colonial Coast Birding Trail, of which locations in the Golden Isles are a part.
The Colonial Coast Birding Trail includes 18 sites along the Georgia coast, five of which are located in the Golden Isles: Gould’s Inlet, Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, Jekyll Island Causeway and Jekyll Island Beach at the North and South ends. Spring is a migration period for some species of birds, so if you’re looking to experience a new wildlife adventure, then be sure to visit these sites along the Colonial Coast Birding Trail to explore these birding habitats.
Nature Trails and Parks
In addition to the Colonial Coast Birding Trail, the Golden Isles features wonderful parks, picnic areas, and nature trails that wind through the maritime forests full of moss-draped live oak trees, palmettos bushes and resurrection ferns. The abundance of trails makes walking or hiking an ideal way to see the rich natural beauty and wildlife havens of the Golden Isles.
Many of these nature trails, such as the Earth Day Nature Trail, the John Gilbert Nature Trail, and the Southeast Georgia Health System Fitness Trail, were donated by local organizations to not only provide safe access into the wilderness but also to educate people about local wildlife, nature, and our unique environment.
Camping is the ideal activity to become closer to wildlife and the beautiful natural surroundings throughout Georgia’s coast. Campgrounds, such as the Jekyll Island Campground and Blythe Island Regional Park & Campground, are close to the beach or fishing piers, nature trails, and historic attractions. Whether you decide to camp on Jekyll Island or in the surrounding Brunswick area, camping is a fun and affordable way to enjoy Georgia’s Golden Isles.
Salt Life Water Adventures
Explore the Golden Isles’ coast, beautiful marshes and meandering rivers from the water itself. With access to the Atlantic Ocean, Intracoastal Waterway, tidal creeks and rivers, the Golden Isles offers a wealth of salt life adventures from boating, sailing, and offshore fishing to kayaking, paddleboarding, canoeing and fun on the beach.
SouthEast Adventures Outfitters offers daily kayak tours, scenic boating excursions, stand-up paddleboarding, and fishing charters out of their Brunswick Boathouse and St. Simons Island Village Creek Landing locations.
The Golden Isles provides many options for those interested in fishing, crabbing or seining. Highly experienced charter captains know the secrets of success in these coastal waters of Georgia. Fishing in the Golden Isles offers a fascinating variety of experience for all anglers and is one of the most productive fisheries on the east coast.
Charter a boat offshore by one of our many experienced captains and head for deep water in search of kingfish, cobia, dolphin or snapper. If your preference is trout, redfish, and tripletail, then choose to stay inshore for some amazing fishing on the many rivers that cut through our beautiful marshland.
Fishing regulations vary on different bodies of water, so be sure to research carefully the State and Federal rules for fishing in freshwater and saltwater. Additionally, anyone who fishes, crabs or seines in Georgia waters and is 16 years old or older must possess a fishing license from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Celebrate Earth Day
The Georgia Sea Turtle Center provides state-of-the-art emergency care to sick and injured sea turtles. Sea turtles and other native animals can be explored through daily education programs and gallery exhibits. Visit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center for Celebrate Earth Day on April 22, 2013! This free event highlights the overall education and conservation mission of the Center, giving children hands-on learning opportunities and plenty of fun games.
Turtle Crawl Triathlon & Nest Fest
The Turtle Crawl Triathlon & Nest Fest is scheduled for May 18, 2013. This USAT sanctioned event is known as one of the most scenic triathlons on the East Coast, including an Olympic Distance, Sprint Distance, and 5K/10K Run. At the finish line, guests can take part in the Nest Fest, which provides educational activities and exhibits, and culminates with the release of a rehabilitated sea turtle from the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.