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Best RV Snowbird Camping Destinations: Jekyll Island Campground

Updated on November 25, 2018
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Randy is a lifelong lover of the outdoors and especially camping. This article is intended to help the RVer save money and time on repairs.

Jekyll Island Campground

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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.

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Spacious and clean bath houses for those who like to "rough it" in tents or smaller camper trailers.
Spacious and clean bath houses for those who like to "rough it" in tents or smaller camper trailers. | Source

Winter Grounds Of Former Famous

One of the Jekyll Island Club winter "cottages."  This one owned by the famous Crane plumbing fixture magnate.  Quaint, eh?
One of the Jekyll Island Club winter "cottages." This one owned by the famous Crane plumbing fixture magnate. Quaint, eh? | Source

First Jekyll Residence

Home of William Horton, first Jekyll colonist and Oglethorpe aide.
Home of William Horton, first Jekyll colonist and Oglethorpe aide. | Source

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?)

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Check out "The Rah Bar" at the docks directly in front of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel for some great steamed seafood.
Check out "The Rah Bar" at the docks directly in front of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel for some great steamed seafood. | Source
The pier is a great place to while away the day.
The pier is a great place to while away the day. | Source
Great Tackle Shop at Clam Creek Recreation Area.
Great Tackle Shop at Clam Creek Recreation Area. | Source
Seining for mullet at CCRA on Driftwood Beach
Seining for mullet at CCRA on Driftwood Beach | Source

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

Pierce Butler Rice Plantation near Darien,  Georgia.  Just a few miles up the coast.
Pierce Butler Rice Plantation near Darien, Georgia. Just a few miles up the coast. | Source
Hofwyl-Broadfield Rice Plantation provides tours of the site, including the interior of the plantation home itself.
Hofwyl-Broadfield Rice Plantation provides tours of the site, including the interior of the plantation home itself.
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Golf Anyone?

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.

© 2012 Randy Godwin

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    • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Godwin 

      12 days ago from Southern Georgia

      Right now the temps are great, Verlie. The fishing and golf are in full swing and the Yankees are happy to be there!

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      12 days ago from Canada

      Great RV travel piece, photos are excellent. I wonder what the weather's like, re: average temperatures, and rainfall, that sort of thing?

    • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Godwin 

      12 days ago from Southern Georgia

      Thanks Debra, heading there soon myself! :)

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      Debra Roberts 

      13 days ago from Ohio

      This is wonderful! We were looking into the Florida Keys, but this is much closer to Ohio! Thank you for this wonderful review!

    • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Godwin 

      2 months ago from Southern Georgia

      Thanks for checking this hub out, Peggy. Heading back there for a month or so shortly. :)

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      What an absolutely gorgeous campground you have portrayed in this post. Your photos were a great addition to the information you have provided here. Loved the bridge photo at sunset!

    • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Godwin 

      2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Yes indeed it is, Juneaukid! Lots of snowbirds winter here each year and become close friend in the process. The campground has a new center where Happy Hour is honored each day at 4 pm and there's a music night each Wednesday for those who play musical instruments. There's also a Best Christmas Decoration award given and the results are wonderful.

      Lots of New York and Maine folks, as well as Canadian visitors, are represented in the campground during the coldest months of the year. Many mornings I wake to the sound of someone saying, "another wonderful day on Jekyll Island!" And it is....

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      Richard Francis Fleck 

      2 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Looks like a delightful place to winter instead of fighting cold and snow!

    • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Godwin 

      2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Hey Don, good to hear from you! This is a great campground we've stayed at more than a few times. In fact, we've stayed there during the fall for the last two years.

      We've never had any trouble getting a site on short notice, but then, we only go there during the off season. They seem to always have a few sites saved for those last minute campers. Check it out the next time you're in the area. Thanks for the visit!

      Randy

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      Don Bobbitt 

      2 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Good article. My wife and I run up and down I-95 and stop over at different campgrounds for a night or two depending on what there is for us to do.

      I haven't stayed at this one, and I need to put it into my "Campground Bucket List".

      I assume you need to reserve a site 6-months or so ahead of time, like so many other state CG's?

      Don

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      Randy Godwin 

      2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Not me, Antoine! I like the shady environment the campground provides. After all, there's plenty of beaches and sunshine very close at hand. :) Thanks for the visit! :)

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      antoine berthiaume 

      2 years ago

      Love this island. We go at least once a year. Wish the campground would have more sunlight.

    • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Godwin 

      2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Hey Debra, my wife and I spent over half of 2015 at Jekyll Campground and loved it! It's great to be retired. :) Thanks for reading and commenting, Debra.

      Randy

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      Debra 

      2 years ago

      I'm not a snowbird, I'm from Georgia, but I love the Jekyll Island Campground! My husband and I try to make several trips a year. It's one of my favorite places!

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      Randy Godwin 

      4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Thanks Paula for your nice comments. This tiny isle is full of both beauty and history. My wife and I have just returned from a two week stay at he camp and we're going back in a few weeks to stay at least a month.

      I neglected to mention the bike path which nearly circles the entire isle and is a treat for nature lovers. I've written both history and fiction hubs based on my trips to Jekyll. Thanks again for your time. :)

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      Paula 

      4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Randy.....This is only the 2nd. time I have heard about "Jekyll Island." A few years ago, a friend of mine told me all about how she and her family all meet up there each year to spend a week together.

      She talked a little bit about the area, but not nearly as in depth as you have in this great hub. I thank you for this info. (They should pay you for the "Travel Destination" advertising!)

      The reason I was even interested is that my son and his family live in Ga...and I visit there for an extended period of time (during what are my "winter months.") I keep thinking Jekyll might be a nice place for my son, his wife & kids and myself, to go camping for a week-end.

      So again....I appreciate this very well-presented article...Up+++

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      Randy Godwin 

      4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Velzipmur--Yes I just returned from Jekyll and am heading back to stay for month this fall. A nice site to spend a while relaxing and studying the local history. Thanks for reading!

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      Shelly Wyatt 

      4 years ago from Maryland

      great information! I will be looking into camping here.

    • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Godwin 

      6 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Well, I suppose we all have our problems at our age, Becky. I have glaucoma--controlled so far--and a deteriorated disc in my back which gives me fits, but things can always be worse. We realize this with age and experience, don't we?

      Good to hear from you, Becky. :)

      Randy

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      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Randy, I appreciate you asking. We are doing better. My husband now has his VA disability that it took 18 years to get. I am getting pay as his caretaker and he is on SS now as he is an old guy. hehehe. We get by and have enough to get by most of the time. My Graves disease has improved to the point where I am functional. My thyroid is dead and that was the biggest problem. I just take a pill a day to take care of it.

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      Randy Godwin 

      6 years ago from Southern Georgia

      I understand, Becky. Even the most picturesque spots cannot make up for other problems in our lives. We have to learn something from all experiences both good and bad, I suppose. I hope you're doing well now.

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      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Randy, Don't envy me the time there. We had a camp trailer that was given us. We lived in it with three kids. My husband had not gotten his disability yet and I was sick and could not work. We lived in a campground because it was cheap and we could afford it. We were living on welfare until my medical treatment was complete enough for me to be able to go back to work. The kids had a place to sleep and enough food but we were very cramped.

    • Randy Godwin profile imageAUTHOR

      Randy Godwin 

      6 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Hey Becky! I envy your time spent on the Colorado River, I'll bet it was indeed wonderful. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your time on this one even though it is not my usual fare. :)

      Randy

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      Becky Katz 

      6 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      Wish I had an RV right now, I would be on my way. I spent a couple of winters on the banks of the Colorado River but none on this side of the country. It was beautiful there.

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      Randy Godwin 

      6 years ago from Southern Georgia

      @sgbrown--You can't go wrong visiting at Jekyll, Sheila. So much to see and do--or do nothing but enjoy the peace and quiet if you so choose. Thanks for stopping by and for your time.

      Randy

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      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      This looks like a wonderful place to go! I have been wanting to take the RV and go somewhere new. I love all the Spanish Moss in the trees. Sounds like a road trip is near! Wonderful hub! Voted up +++, and pinning! :)

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      Randy Godwin 

      6 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Hi Summerberrie, so good to hear from you. So you are familiar with the area and know how beautiful and interesting it is. I've not written a commercial hub in quite a bit and decided to see if the traffic has gotten any better for these type hubs. Time will tell but I don't have much hope for HP anymore the way things are being done here lately. Too bad, this used to be a great place to write.

      Thanks as always for your time and comments.

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      summerberrie 

      6 years ago

      Camped at Edisto when the kids were young but never camped on Jekyll. Looks like it is time to plan another camping trip! Been to Hofwyl-Broadfield Rice Plantation. It is a beautiful place. We have a weekend place not too far from there off hwy 99. Great to read your hubs!

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