Mermaid Tree Spirit

A Day of Treasure Hunting

The perfect family-friendly activity any time of year? Treasure hunting! With seven of our famous tree spirits on public land around St. Simons Island, you can make a full day out of searching. Here’s our favorite way to spend a day of treasure hunting on St. Simons Island:

8:00 a.m.

Fuel up for your full day of treasure hunting at Sandcastle Café & Grill on Mallery Street. Try their “glorious breakfast buffet,” and complete the meal with bloody marys and mimosas for mom and dad and a variety of juices or sodas for the kids!

9:15 a.m.

Head toward the St. Simons Island Lighthouse Museum to find your first Tree Spirit treasure. The first carving is located at the Golden Isles Welcome Center – you can’t miss it!

Head inside to talk to the welcome center staff for a tree spirit map and to learn more about the lore & legends of the St. Simons Island Tree Spirits before heading along your way for a long day of treasure hunting!

9:30 a.m.

Make a stop at the St. Simons Lighthouse Museum, and explore the history within. Climb to the top to see if you can scope out the locations of the next tree spirit treasures on the list!

10:30 a.m.

When you finish spending time at the St. Simons Island Lighthouse, it’s time to head toward Mallery Park, just North of the Pier Village, to find the next two treasures on the list! Explore the park to find two more faces peering out of the trees.

(Hint: One will hit a home run, and the other one prefers shooting hoops!)

11:15 a.m.

Now that you’ve found three of the tree spirits in the Pier Village area, it’s time to head north to find the rest. Rent a bike from a nearby shop to enjoy the beautiful weather with the whole family.

Ride along Frederica Road in the middle of the island, which is part of the extensive St. Simons Island Trail System. Head along Frederica Road for about 15 minutes until you pass through the traffic circle. Keep your eyes open! Just past here, you will find two more tree spirits!

One is located on the Magnolia Manor Retirement Home property, and the other is located at the Redfern Village shopping and dining area.

12:30 p.m.

You’re halfway through your journey, and now’s the perfect time to stop for some incredible local barbecue. Try Southern Soul Barbeque, located back the way you came, right at the roundabout. Try a famous Southern Soul Sandwich or a Weekday Worker special, and don’t forget the sweet tea!

1:30 p.m.

Hop back on your bikes and head north along Frederica Road to continue along the St. Simons Island Trail System. About 10 minutes down the road, you’ll come to the Anderson Fine Art Galleryand Delaney’s Bistro. This is where the sixth tree spirit is located. This is another treasure you can’t miss!

(Hint: If you weren’t hungry for barbecue at the last stop, Delaney’s Bistro and its sister restaurant, Café Frederica, are other island favorites. Stop here for lunch if you’re ready. You won’t be disappointed!)

2:00 p.m.

After you find the sixth spirit, it’s time to head out in search of the last one on the list. Head south on Frederica Road back toward the roundabout, where you’ll hang a right onto Demere Road. Take another right at the fourth traffic light and you’ll find Gascoigne Bluff at the first street on your left.

Take some time to explore the Cassina Garden Club Slave Cabins from the Plantation Era, play some disc golf, or spend a little time at the fishing pier and enjoy the afternoon sunshine.

When you’re ready, explore the whole park to find the final tree spirit on the list! (Hint: This one’s a picnic to find!)

Once you’re finished spending time at Gascoigne Bluff, return the bikes and spend the evening on the beach, resting on St. Simons Island.

If you snap pictures at each of these locations, feel free to share them with the Golden Isles on FacebookInstagram or Twitter. We’d love to see our treasure hunters!

Download a printable map of the St. Simons Island Tree Spirit locations