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St. Simons Tree Spirit Treasure Hunt

The perfect family-friendly activity at any time of year? Treasure hunting! With ten 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 Palmer's Village Café on Mallery Street. Try their award-winning banana pudding pancakes or their famous pimento cheese grits! 

9:15 a.m.

Take a short stroll to 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 on 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!

10:20 a.m.

When you finish spending time at the St. Simons Island Lighthouse, it’s time to head just north of the Pier Village, to find your second tree spirit. Just before you reach Mallery Park, make a stop at the Village Inn & Pub to find your one of our newest tree spirits in front of this boutique hotel.

10:30 a.m.

Now it is time to find the next two treasures on the list! Explore Mallery 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!)

11:05 a.m.

One your way back to the village, swing by Queens Court Inn on Kings Way to find another of our newest tree spirit. Just along side of the pool at Queens Court Inn, you'll encounter the king of court waiting to greet you.

11:15 a.m.

Now that you’ve found five of the tree spirits in the Pier Village area, it’s time to head north to find the rest. Rent a bike from Island Bicycle, conveniently located in the Pier Village, 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 down Frederica Road for about 15 minutes until you pass through the traffic circle. Keep your eyes open! Just past here, you will find three more tree spirits!

One is located at the Redfern Village shopping and dining area. (Hint: This tree spirit seems to enjoy sushi!) Another tree spirit can be found at the St. Simons Land Trust office, just a quick pedal north from Redfern Village. The third tree spirit is located on the Magnolia Manor Retirement Home property.

12:30 p.m.

You’re halfway through your journey, and now’s the perfect time to stop for lunch at a favorite local joint. Try Certified Burgers and Beverage, located off of Frederica Road. Fuel up on a classic cheeseburger and fries or try something a little more exotic like their Buford Highway burger loaded with carrots, cucumbers, cilantro, jalapenos, napa cabbage, and Korean bbq sauce. Don't forget to wash it all down with a hand-crafted milkshake!

1:30 p.m.

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

2:00 p.m.

After you find the ninth 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. (Please be aware this is a heavy traffic area. We recommend driving here instead of riding your bike.)

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, 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