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The Unspoiled Nature and Beauty of Jekyll Island Campground
Established in 1886 as a winter haven for privileged American families, Jekyll Island Club was launched as a 240-acre river-side compound of exclusive estates clustered around a huge, elegant clubhouse. As is still true of today’s visitors, travelers who made their way to Jekyll at the turn of the 20th century were drawn to the pristine world of the barrier island—miles of sandy beaches and dunes, salt marshes, oceanside forests, and abundant watchable wildlife.
Contemporary travelers can still experience the best of both worlds at Jekyll — the purely natural advantages of sand, saltwater and woodland views of deers or squirrels, as well as glimpses of the legendary glory days of the Jekyll Island Club. As part of an ongoing preservation and restoration project, the original club compound is a National Historic Landmark District that’s presently a hub for specialty shops and restaurants, museums, art galleries and guided tours.
There’s no better place to fully experience the natural side of Jekyll’s wonders than at
Jekyll Island Campground
. The park occupies 18 scenic acres shaded by a canopy of moss-draped, ancient oak trees. It’s located on the northern boundary of the island and it’s readily accessible from Interstate 95, halfway between Savannah, Georgia and Jacksonville, Florida. A stay at this
is a convenient ticket to all the outdoor adventures that Jekyll Island offers.
“It’s a great place, very laid back and quiet. Campers love the natural campsites, and we treat ’em right. They can leave their doors unlocked, and kids can roam free,” says campground manager Ronnie Douglas.
But there’s much more to Douglas’ campground than peaceful, safe surroundings, unspoiled nature and an attentive staff. Guests have a choice of 206 campsites—the majority of which are equipped with full utility hookups, plus cable TV. Partial hookup slots and primitive tent sites are available, too. There are two bathhouse complexes, a laundry room and RV storage area. Campers who want to keep in touch with the real world can plug their laptops into one of four modem stations that are complimentary for folks using local provider access or 800 numbers.
The campground store is stocked with staple groceries and beverages, as well as souvenirs, T-shirts, caps and plenty of RV supplies, including LP-gas. To keep anglers happy, the store also stocks fishing gear, required licenses and frozen bait.
Outdoor fun is just a few steps, paddles or casts away at Jekyll’s campground. Swimming, fishing and seining for shrimp are favorite pastimes on the island’s eight miles of public beaches and on the Intracoastal Waterway. On breezy summer nights, guided turtle beach walks with egg-laying observations fascinate visitors of all ages. And a full-service marina helps keep boating enthusiasts where they prefer to be—out on the water.
Shorebound campers can pedal, jog, or walk to their hearts’ content on 22 miles of paved bike paths, and tennis enthusiasts can perfect their serves at the island’s tennis center. Golfers polish their swings on four emerald-green courses which boast a total of 63 challenging holes.
Is kayaking, sailing or canoeing your chosen interest? What about beachcombing, birding or horseback riding? Does a round of mini-golf or an afternoon at a family water park sound inviting? Opportunities for these pursuits, and others such as open-air theater, concerts and sports tournaments, are all part of the well-rounded Jekyll Island experience.
Because Jekyll is an ever-popular destination, reservations to this
are highly recommended, year-round.