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South End Boneyard, Ossabaw Island

Boneyard beaches are an emblematic feature of the Sea Islands, with examples in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. Ossabaw’s South End boneyard is much larger but less well-known than Jekyll’s Driftwood Beach.

 

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South End Beach, Ossabaw Island

Ossabaw Island’s South End Beach is a 12-mile, hour-long ride away from any semblance of civilization but well worth the difficulty of getting there. From the Main Road we veered onto Hell Hole Road, passing through some of the most ecologically significant mature maritime forests in Georgia. When at last the beach was in sight we followed a short path to the dunes, punctuated by a stand of Cabbage-palms (Sabal palmetto) more reminiscent of Florida than Georgia.

Here are a few views of this pristine place.

 

 

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St. Andrews Beach, Jekyll Island

St. Andrews Beach lies just west of the island’s southern tip, at the point where the Atlantic Ocean meets St. Andrews Sound.

Loved by locals for its natural beauty and relative solitude, it is also my favorite place on the island. A sorry episode in Georgia’s history, the landing of the illegal slave ship the Wanderer, took place here in 1858; it will be addressed in another post.

It’s more a ‘nature’ beach than a ‘swimming’ beach. The waters off St. Andrews are a good spot for observing dolphins. Sharks are quite common, too. Posted warnings note that there is bacteria in the water and this keeps most visitors out of the water. Strong currents are also a factor. Seining (net fishing) is a common activity, though.

St. Andrews often has more shells than any other beach on Jekyll Island.

Walk left from the entrance area and you’ll notice lots of deadfall.

There’s a similarity to Driftwood Beach, but St. Andrews Beach is much smaller.

St. Andrews has some of the best sunsets on the island. I’ve been at sunrise and sunset and encountered the fewest people in the mornings. Whatever time you go, try to visit at low tide as there’s very little shoreline at high tide.

 

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Memorial Day Weekend, St. Simons Island

Patriotic displays are the rule on Coast Guard Beach this weekend. Memorial Day weekend is the traditional kickoff for the summer season and huge crowds descend on all of Georgia’s beaches to celebrate and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting our freedoms.

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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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