Jekyll Island Campground

Trip Start Feb 09, 2013
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Trip End Jun 30, 2013


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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

1.       Tuesday and Wednesday, February 19 &20   Jekyll Island and Jekyll Island Campground

We headed from Fort McAllister State Park (which I am posting some pictures of the sunset from the night before) towards 95 south and then south to Jekyll Island.  There was a storm coming in and the winds on 95 were really strong and blowing us around.  Thank goodness that we did not have to drive more than 55 miles on the highway before we got off and headed towards Jekyll Island.  Jekyll Island is an interesting place and one of our favorite places to camp.  First you stop at the visitor center and pick up a map with the more than 20 miles of bike trails on the island.  The Georgia Bulldog out front was missing and they told me that it was only out front for a year before the artist that made sold it for charity.  I guess that was his intent all along.  It was a light blue and pink statue of a bulldog that was really unique.

    The construction that was going on during our last visit was finished and the bike trails had been repaved a week before we got there but I think some still needed to be repaved.    You have to pay an entrance fee to cross the bridge onto the island $10 for RV's but once you get across it is like another world.  This island used to be a private one belonging to the famed  Jekyll Island Club and the hotel and the homes are in an historic district accessible by bikes and walking.  The island has restaurants, hotels, only one gas station, three golf courses, a number of beaches and shops, the turtle center and a new convention center.  Most tourists get around by golf carts, bikes and little beach bugs.  Bike trails go around the whole island, to all the beaches, historic district and shops.  It is a nice place to visit.

   The only campground on the island is run by the county and we were shocked how many snowbirds were down here for the three or four months of winter.  Actually it is a good thing we had reservations for two nights because there were only a few sites available for overnighters.  They charge about $520 per month for the snowbirds for full hookups, cable, internet etc.  Each one of them has a little lamppost with a light and a sign hanging from it with their names and a map of the state they are from and name of the state.  They came from all over the US and Canada.   

   Since a storm was coming in as soon as we checked in around 11am we got on our bikes and headed out towards the historic district and then to Driftwood Beach.  The bike trails are beautiful and along the way we went by ruins, the Dubignon Cemetery and the Horton House which I took pictures of.  Came back to our camper for a late lunch just before it started to rain but it was really only a misty shower and lasted about 3 hours.  It seems that they have not had rain here since before Xmas. 

      It was nice to stay here another day and ride our bikes along the Atlantic Ocean side of the island with its beaches, convention center,  alligator pond and then to the historic district and turtle center.  Fun time biking and talking to walkers along the trails.  The historic district is stunning!  It’s going to be sad to leave this island.

Review of campground:    Tuesday and Wednesday February 19 & 20 Jekyll Island Campground, Jekyll Island, GA    This campground is owned and managed by the island and there are over 206 sites on 18 acres.  They have tent sites, full hookups and a few just water and electric.  It cost $32 or more for full hookups, cable and internet but for snowbirds there is a monthly fee which seemed to be quite reasonable.  Bike and Red Bug rentals can be made at the campstore.  This campground was crowded in February with all the snowbirds here for the winter.  I only saw a few sites available for overnighters.  The snowbirds all had a lamppost with their state and names on it (cute and interesting).  Everyone seems to love it here because of the biking, golfing and weather.  Friendly checkin and even though it was crowded we loved it.  There were two bathhouses and they were clean when we used them.  If you need to shop like at a Wal-mart one needs to leave the island and go over the huge bridge to Brunswick which is not that far away.  The campground is at one end of the island with Driftwood Beach and Clam Creek Picnic Area across the street from it.  Nice visit and I know we will return because we love the bike trails and the relaxing feel of the island.  There are hiking trails across the street and walking around the campground is interesting especially the little bird garden where campers have set up bird houses and nesting areas.  RV’s have to pay $10 to cross over the bridge to the island but it is well worth it.
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Lois Salome on

Hi Karen and George,
All of your pictures are beautiful and the commentary is always very descriptive. I think that we who live in NE think we've cornered the market on beauty, historic sights and intersting places but you tow travelers are showing this winter weary New Englander just how beautiful the rest of this country is. Right now, I wish I was somewhere else because we're getting ready for another northeaster this weekend but I'm off to the Flower Show this morning and that will have to do! Stay safe and keep dodging the bad weather! Lois

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