Best RV Snowbird Camping Destinations: Jekyll Island Campground
Jekyll Island Campground
Wintering on Jekyll
While some Snowbirds mainly yearn for a warm quiet spot to pass the long cold northern winter, others require a bit of recreation during their seasonal exile. Jekyll Island Campground manages to cover both aspects of these important qualifications.
Once the exclusive winter lodgings of America’s wealthiest families in the late 19th and early 20th century, it has now become one of Georgia’s favorite Golden Isles. Once a rather small and crowded campground, now the facility covers eight acres and has all the amenities necessary for both large and small campers. This includes both travel trailers and large motorhomes.
Since Jekyll Island Campground is a regional facility--and not operated exclusively under state guidelines--the length of stay is up to you. This means not having to leave after a two week stay as at some Georgia and Florida state run campgrounds. The campground has many full hook-up, drive-thru sites to choose from with both cable and Wi-Fi free of charge.
Winter Grounds Of Former Famous
First Jekyll Residence
Area Historical Attractions
The campground gives monthly--as well as weekly--rates so that in itself saves a nice chunk of change for those of us watching our budgets. Dogs are welcome if well behaved and they seem to love the place also.
Senior citizens staying there any length of time are welcome to many get-togethers such as pot-luck dinners and other social events.
As far as something to do on the isle is concerned, for history buffs there are plenty of places both on the isle and at nearby places such as the Jekyll Island Club Hotel just around the corner, or on St. Simons Island next door.
Both Christ Church and Ft. Fredericka are wonderful places to see how the earliest Georgians fared here in the early 18th century.
There are also some standing rice plantations within a dozen or so miles from Jekyll, perfect for a short day trip. Butler Island Rice Plantation and Hofwyl-Broadfield Rice plantation near Darien are wonderful examples of the colonial era of slave created, dike and levee rice growing facilities located on nearby rivers. Great photo ops for history lovers.
Sunset Years--Snowbird Peers(Piers?)
Clam Creek Recreation Area
For those who love the sport of fishing, then Jekyll should suit you just fine. Right across from the entrance to Jekyll Island Campground is the road leading to the Clam Creek Recreational area.
This includes the wonderful, easily accessed concrete Jekyll Island Fishing Pier, complete with a fully stocked bait and tackle shop for everything from live bait to ice and license.
It has become something of a ritual to visit the pier just before sunset on clear evenings, just to have a drink while watching the sun set framed by the beautiful lines of the Sydney Lanier Bridge.
Others catch sheephead, flounder, spotted sea trout, both blue and stone crab, and often a full net of mullet when they are running.
On the other end of the island one many seine for delicious shrimp just off of the beach if one doesn’t mind getting wet.
All in all, fishing is usually great near the shrimp infested waters off Jekyll Isle.
The partially covered Jekyll Island Pier is a great place to simply enjoy the breeze or talk to the anglers even if one doesn’t care to try their luck. Hiking and bicycle paths are all over the island and Clam Creek Recreational area is no exception.
Horseback riding stables are also located in the area for those who may enjoy a gallop along the beach.
Historical Local Antebellum Plantations
One of the best reasons for a wintertime stay on Jekyll is the golf. I'd recommend at least nine holes on the historic "Millionaires Course" for the feel of how the old tycoons played the links course.
Once 18 holes in number, these nine are the only remaining vestige of the famous links.
Besides the nostalgic course there are 3 more 18 hole challenges to face. The winter weather seldom lasts for very long in these climes, so a game is never far away.
Check out the golf packages for special discounts at the island pro shop for further savings during your stay.
Enjoy the outdoors here in the Deep South where normally you would be trying to stay warm with no thoughts of golf in your mind.
Jekyll Island Campground Reservations and Info
If you are interested in a stay at this wonderful spot simply contact Jekyll Island Campgroundfor easy reservations and information. Don't be afraid to ask for any specials for length of stay or other accommodations you may need.
I can personally vouch for the pleasant and helpful staff and volunteers running the beautiful campground and for their constant work in keeping the sites clean. Good luck and welcome to sunny Georgia.
Other Jekyll Island Related Articles
- The Jekyll Island Club : The Cottages
Jekyll Island's famous cottages built by America's richest families are featured in this article. Although referred to as "cottages" by their owners, most of these beautiful winter homes were built to be luxurious as well as comfortable. Photos and h
- A Passage on "Wanderer"
The last slave ship landed illegally on Jekyll Island in 1858. Fictional account of one of its surviving passengers, still living on the island owned by the most exclusive club in the world.
© 2012 Randy Godwin