An RV Trip down the Georgia Coast from Blackbeard Island to St. Marys

The second leg of a trip down the Georgia coast is an extension of the good times you had coming from Savannah, Georgia to Blackbeard Island (see An RV Trip down the Georgia Coast from Savannah to Blackbeard Island for the first leg of this trip). Of course, it will be just as much fun if you start out at this national wildlife reserve. Whatever your point of origin, moving down the coastline of this marvelous state is wonderful for a winter vacation.

Of course, you must stay a while at the Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Reserve. There is no choice but to enjoy nature here. It is suspected that the name came about due to rumors that the famous pirate had buried treasure here on the coast. Nothing has ever been found, however. The wildlife is abundant and you may catch sight of a loggerhead sea turtle, deer or even an alligator or two.

Heading south, you will come to a small barrier island called Sapelo Island. Enjoy the visitor center on the mainland first to learn all about the island’s history, then take a ferry ride over to the island. Stop at Reynolds Mansion and visit the restored lighthouse, originally built in 1820. After you are finished your visit, back on the mainland you’ll head south once again and make your way to Wolf Island National Wildlife Reserve. This started out as a migratory bird sanctuary in 1930, and now is a designated National Wilderness Area. Marinas in Darien, Georgia offer transportation to the saltwater areas of the refuge.

Next you’ll come to the Golden Isles, a wonderland of Georgia coast fun. Little St. Simons Island is fun to explore by grabbing a map and going off on your own. Stroll the surf line, pick up shells and just breathe in that fresh salt air. Hiking and biking is great on this island, and if the weather is nice, you may be able to hire a canoe for a short tour. Then on to St. Simons Island for more fishing, a look at the St. Simons Lighthouse and Maritime Center at the historic Coast Guard Station.

On to Brunswick, Georgia! Watch the shrimp boats put out to sea. This stunning city will inspire you with its Victorian-style homes and old oak and magnolia trees lining the streets. The local Farmer’s Market will provide you with delicious fruits and vegetables you can whip up into a fantastic meal right in your RV kitchen.

Of course, no visit to the Golden Isles would be complete without visiting Jekyll Island. If you love golf, you will find a place to play, and of course, everyone loves the Georgia beaches. There are lovely ones here. Then on to Cumberland Island National Seashore with its pristine forests, hiking trails and gorgeous undeveloped beaches. Another place you’ll want to see is the Crooked River State Park with its nature trail and nature center. There is RV camping here too!

Finally you have made it to St. Marys, Georgia, a picturesque spot on the Georgia coast. Stopping here is like entering a fairytale town. Once you are done seeing the fine museums, it might be time to head home. Georgia was happy to have you visit and hopes you return again soon!

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