Little St. Simons Island is one of the wildest places on the Eastern Seaboard. Accessible only by boat from Hampton River Marina on St. Simons Island’s north end, the 11,000-acre barrier island is a nature sanctuary that fosters extraordinary wildlife, particularly of the feathered kind. Privately owned by The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island, the island offers a rare escape from civilization. With all of the exploration possible, it's hard to know just what to expect.

To help you plan your trip, here are our top three things to do on Little St. Simons Island:

A rustic hunting cabin has been converted to the main lodge on Little St. Simons Island, Georgia

1. Stay at The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island 

Known for its privacy, The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island features six charming cottages, several of which date back to the early 1900s. It can host a total of 32 guests at one time, making it an ideal destination for family reunions and small gatherings. Guest activities are focused on naturalist pursuits on the island, as well as bicycling.

Relax in private luxury as you enjoy the swimming pool, full bar, or farm-to-table dining between naturalist adventures. You won't regret it.

Guests discover the wildlife on a guided naturalist tour on Little St. Simons Island, Georgia

2. Take a Tour of the Island

The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island offers several guided day tours and nature walks through the ancient maritime forest (led by a staff naturalist) where guests can enjoy canoeing, kayaking, fishing, shell collecting, and birdwatching. Guests may also choose to pass the day enjoying the tranquility of the island’s undeveloped beach. There are also day trips which include round-trip private boat transportation, a guided island tour led by an experienced naturalist, a hearty lunch of low-country specialties, and an afternoon on seven miles of private beach.

A roseate spoonbill glides across the marshes on Little St. Simons Island, GA

3. Birdwatching

On this one tiny island, birdwatchers can see up to 330 species of birds — a testament to the preservation efforts of this wild barrier island. Highlights for “life listers” include some incredible species:

  • pelagic birds such as the northern gannet 
  • long-legged birds such as the reddish egret 
  • shorebirds like the ruddy turnstone
  • waterfowl such as the blue-winged teal and songbirds, including the spectacular painted bunting.

Learn more about birding and other naturalist programs on the lodge’s website.