Georgia Campgrounds, Jekyll Island Georgia and Surrounding Areas.
My spouse and I purchased a 1959 Scotty Sportsman camper approximately 20 years ago. We have enjoyed traveling and exploring new places while staying in our “ home away from home” since that time. We have since upgraded to a slightly larger camper which has been renovated. During this time I became aware of some of the best campgrounds that Georgia has to offer.
One of my favorite Georgia campgrounds is Blythe Island Regional Park Campground, located approximately 17 miles from Jekyll Island. It is centrally located near Brunswick, Jekyll Island, and St. Simons Island. The park consists of 1, 100 acres. All sites have water, electricity, cable, and sewer hook-ups. The park offers back-in as well as pull through sites. The bath houses are heated and provide hot showers. Wi-Fi internet service is available throughout the park. Coin operated laundry facilities are available. Security cameras are utilized in the park.
The grounds are well maintained with an abundance of wild life. There is a marina ,with a 6 ton boat hoist, fishing pier, fresh water lake with a beach, and picnic areas complete with grills. The park offers boat, kayak, and canoe rentals for partial and full day rentals.
Nearby, the town of Darien, offers an excellent restaurant by the name of Pelican Point. The Georgia Pig, famous for its renowned barbeque, is close by on route 17 and I-95. The restaurant is a tin roofed rustic old house with indoor and outdoor dining.
Brunswick offers a wide variety of restaurants. Captain Joes is one of my personal favorites. The salad bar offers fried sweet potatoes, fried white potatoes, tuna salad, chicken salad, crab salad, homemade soups and bread, as well as a large assortment of other items. The usual desert is called " Better than Sex' and is a chocolate lovers dream. reasonable prices as well.
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Jekyll Island Campground
Jekyll Island Campground
Jekyll Island Campground
This Island campground consists of 18 acres , moss draped oaks, and 206 campsites. The park offers tent spaces as well as pull-through and pull-in sites. The pull through are full hook-up with electricity, cable TV, water, and sewage. WiFi, and DSL are free for registered campers. The campground is across the road from Driftwood Beach , Clam Creek picnic area, and fishing pier. The Island has a long and interesting history. The bathrooms are clean, heated and cooled for comfort. The staff are very friendly and accomadating. They are quick to respond with any guest request and resolve any problems that may arise. I highly recommend this campground.
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The village has excellent dining facilities. The Jekyll Island Club Hotel offers Café Solterra, which serves coffee, pastries, soups, deli sandwiches, pizza and sweets; The Grand Dining Room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a famed Sunday brunch. While my spouse and I were guest at the hotel, on Sunday evening, a tuxedoed jazz band played ,while formally attired quests whirled around the dance floor. One has the feeling of entering another time and place. Breakfast eaten in the Grand Dining Room is a very enjoyable experience. The tables are set with crisp linens, crystal glasses, and they serve a wonderful breakfast buffet. The large windows allow the diner an excellent view and plenty of sunshine.
The Crane Cottage has been restored and is part of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. The cottage houses a restaurant called “ The Courtyard at Crane”. This has been my favorite house in the village since my childhood. My family loved to vacation on Jekyll and the historic village was always on the agenda. The village had not been restored during that time period, and was vacant and decaying.
It is a real pleasure to see it restored to it’s original beauty. Northern California wine country cuisine is their signature menu selections. The cottage offers outdoor dining in their beautiful central courtyard featuring a large fountain as well as an indoor dining room.
The Historic Wharf is home to the restaurants Latitude 31 and The Rah Bar. Latitude 31 offers fresh seafood, chicken, beef, soups and salads. The Rah Bar serves some of the freshest seafood available. My spouse and I ordered the oysters on the half shell and steamed boiled shrimp. All washed down with cold beer and wine while sitting outside on the wharf. Excellent for watching the boats and people. The oysters came from the Chesapeake Bay and they were salty and wonderful. The shrimp were large and well seasoned. I highly recommend sampling this fare. On weekends live music is provided.
The Jekyll Harbor Marina offers an excellent restaurant by the name of Sea Jays. The restaurant was featured in “ Southern Living” magazine. During the filming of the movie “Bagger Vance” this was a crew hangout favorite. The specialty is a low country boil, but they have an excellent selection of homemade salads and soups, as well as deli sandwiches. I had a wonderful homemade potato salad containing, red potatoes, sour cream and dill. The atmosphere is lively with live music Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.
The Golden Isle area is full of beauty and history. Local Saint Simmons Island offers historic attractions such as the Butler Rice Plantation, Fort Frederica, the Hamilton Plantation, Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, and Christ Church. Fort King George is located in Darien, Georgia.
Fanny Kimble , ( November 22, 1809- January 1893) famous British actress and author, of the mid nineteenth century married American plantation owner Pierce Butler in 1834. The couple relocated to the Butler Plantation in Sea Island in 1838. Fanny returned to England in 1839, and divorced Pierce in 1849. She later wrote a book describing the harsh conditions of life on the plantation. The plantation house and ruins of the rice mill still remain.
Fort Frederica located on Saint Simmons Island was built by James Oglethorpe in 1736. It was occupied by approximately 630 British soldiers and 500 colonial residents. In 1742 the battles of Bloody Marsh and Gully Hole Creek were fought near Fort Frederica under Oglethorpe. The English defeated the Spanish in their attempt to retake Saint Simmons Island. Portions of the fort and the foundations of homes and businesses still remain. There are pictures and plaques showing the original appearance of the structures. The site houses a museum containing archaeological artifacts recovered from the site. Very interesting but be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. Original orange trees still line the old streets.
The Hamilton Plantation house burned in 1871 but two of the slave cabins still exist.
Eugenia Price told the story of the families of Saint Simmons and the Islands history with poignant accuracy. After reading her books and seeing the graves of the characters in the church cemetery I got a real sense of the events and people that lived and died on these Islands.
Fort King George was Georgia’s first colonial garrison. The site contains the brick remains of a colonial saw mill established in 1721. A museum, portion of the original sawmill, a small graveyard and reconstructed frontier blockhouse, are on the site. Hours Thursday- Saturday 9-5, and Sunday 2-5:30.
The Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation is located at 5556 US Hwy 17 N., Brunswick, Ga. The plantation is an excellent example of a working 1807 rice plantation. The main house was built in 1857. The plantation was 7,300 acres, with approximately 350 slaves. The dikes, main house, and outbuildings still remain. Open Thursday through Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 2-5:30.
Christ Church of Saint Simmons Island was built in 1884 by Anson Greene Phelps Dodge as a memorial to his first wife, who died on their honeymoon. Ellen Dodge is buried under the pulpit. The church is located on Frederica Road under moss draped oaks. The cemetery graves date back to 1803. The stained glass windows are Tiffany and were shipped in from England.
The family of John Eugene DuBignon owned the island from 1800 until 1886 when it was sold to millionaires, who formed the Jekyll Island Club. Some of the DuBignon family members are buried on the Island. The last documented slave ship by the name of “ The Wanderer” illegally unloaded it’s human cargo on Jekyll Island November 28, 1858. A memorial stands for the slaves aboard that vessel.
The ruins of Horton House are located on North Riverview drive. The house was built by Major William Horton in 1740 and served as a British Empire outpost and residence until his death in 1738. The tabby walls are the only remaining structure standing of the residence. The millionaires village has been restored and I highly recommend visitors to visit this Island jewel. There is no charge for driving, biking or walking through the village. Parking to stroll the streets, view the houses, and dining in the restaurants is encouraged. Tour trolleys offer paid tours. Jekyll Island does charge a parking fee upon entering the Island.