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Nanny Goat Beach

Tidal Dunes Nanny Goat Beach GA Sapelo Island Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

This is my favorite beach in Georgia, characterized by pristine dunes and miles of “no people”.

Nanny Goat Beach GA Sapelo Island Pristine Atlantic Coast Barrier Island Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

It’s also the nearest beach to Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, one of the largest near-shore live-bottom reefs in the Southeast. It’s located sixteen miles east of Sapelo Island.

Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Sign at Nanny Goat Beach Sapelo Island GA Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

http://graysreef.noaa.gov/about/location/welcome.html

Sapelo Island, Georgia

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Pine Barrens Frostweed, Nanny Goat Beach

Sunrose Pine Barrens Frostweed Helianthemum corymbosum Nannygoat Beach GA Sapelo Island Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Helianthemum corymbosum

Sapelo Island, Georgia

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Nanny Goat Beach

Sapelo Island, Georgia

Nanny Goat Beach, as well as nearby Cabretta Beach, are among the most isolated and pristine in the United States. Other than an occasional visitor from the nearby Reynolds Mansion or a group of students from the University of Georgia’s Marine Institute, you’re almost guaranteed complete privacy here. In all the images above, Sea Oats (Uniola paniculata) are abundant, and while they seem ubiquitous along the Georgia coast, they’re an endangered species and vanguard of the fragile dune environment so associated with the Southeastern shoreline.

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Black-eyed Susan*, Cathead Creek

Cox, Georgia

*Rudbeckia hirta

 

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