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North End of Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island

If you walk the whole distance of Driftwood Beach, you’ll be at the northernmost point of Jekyll Island. A pine forest skirts the beach for some distance, though some may have been destroyed by the most recent hurricane. [These photos were made in 2014].

There’s still driftwood at this end of the beach, but it’s encountered less frequently.

Erosion is accelerated by St. Simons Sound and sand eventually replaces remnant forest.

Wrack and vegetation are dominant here, so it’s not as aesthetically pleasing as the boneyard further south, but it’s one of the most unique spots on the island and there are great views of neighboring St. Simons Island and its iconic lighthouse, as well as the Sidney Lanier Bridge.

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Driftwood Oaks, Jekyll Island

Driftwood Beach Jekyll Island GA Windworn Oaks Path Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

Driftwood Beach Jekyll Island GA Windworn Oaks Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

Driftwood Beach Jekyll Island GA Oak Tree Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

 

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Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island

Driftwood Beach Jekyll Island GA Boneyard High Tide Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

 

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Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island

Driftwood Beach Entrance Jekyll Island GA Maritime Oak Forest Salt Wind Effects Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

To access Driftwood Beach, park in the small lot  just past the Villas-by-the-Sea condominiums. After walking through this maritime oak forest you’ll find a “boneyard” full of fallen trees, gradual victims to the ravages of wind and salt-spray. In springtime, you’ll see lots of thistle.

Driftwood Beach Thistle Jekyll Island GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

A short or long walk will reveal some of the most stunning scenery on the Georgia coast.

Driftwood Beach Jekyll Island GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

Driftwood Beach Boneyard Jekyll Island GA Maritime Forest Erosion Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

Driftwood Beach Jekyll Island GA Oak Boneyard Fallen Trees Maritime Forest Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2015

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Driftwood Beach Boneyard, Jekyll Island

Driftwood Beach GA Jekyll Island Atlantic Ocean Petrified Ancient Trees Erosion Tidal Forest Fragile Ecosystem Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

Driftwood Beach is one of my favorite places in all of Coastal Georgia; located on the north end of Jekyll Island, it is a textbook example of the effects of erosion on a barrier island. It’s understandably one of the most photographed places in Georgia. The “boneyard” is the section of Driftwood Beach littered with ancient pines and live oaks preserved by salt air and bleached by the sun. It’s estimated that nearly 1,000 feet of Jekyll’s beaches have been lost to erosion since 1900.

Driftwood Beach GA Jekyll Island Atlantic Ocean Petrified Ancient Trees Erosion Tidal Forest Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

A greater danger to the beaches and marshlands of Jekyll Island today is the commercially-motivated Jekyll Island Authority, which is already blatantly disregarding ecological principle and law in their attempt to make Jekyll more “tourist friendly”. They are part of a much larger trend in the Georgia government to look the other way where the environment is concerned.  Former Altamaha Riverkeeper James Holland recently made documentary photographs of the JIA’s irresponsible clear-cutting in the marsh buffer zone along the causeway.As someone who has spent a lifetime visiting here, I agree that many improvements are needed, but if development and protection of resources can’t be balanced, what will be the point?

Driftwood Beach GA Jekyll Island Atlantic Ocean Petrified Ancient Trees Erosion Tidal Forest Fragile Ecosystem Mismanagement by JIA Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2013

 

 

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