Blue Heron Inn
1346 Blue Heron Lane SE, Darien, GA, USAhttp://www.blueheroninngacoast.com912-437-4304Closest lodging accommodations to the Sapelo Island ferry and Visitor Center. Centrally located on the coast near Darien Latitude 31.462895 Longitude-81.360476 Forty-five minutes from Savannah and Savannah/Hilton Head International airport (SAV) and one hour north of Jacksonville, FL and Jacksonville International airport (JAX) Blue Heron is about a mile and a half from the Sapelo Ferry Dock, eight miles from exit 58 on Interstate 95 and eight miles from Darien (exit 49).
Skipper's Fish Camp
85 Screven Streethttp://www.skippersfishcamp.com(912) 437-3474Skippers' Fish Camp, the ultimate in riverside dining. The local shrimp fleet docks right at our backdoor and provides us with an abundant supply of fresh locally caught Sweet Georgia Shrimp. We take pride in using only the freshest ingredients when bringing our servings to the table.
102 Screven Street, Darien GA 31305https://www.facebook.com/PurplePickleFood912 437 - 2391An eclectic eatery with a unique variety of sandwiches, soups, and salads.
Darien River House
306 Fort King George Drivehttp://www.darienriverhouse.com912 437-2510The Darien River House Restaurant & Wine Bar, a restored 1867 Victorian house, is nestled under the mossy maritime oaks of the Darien River Bluff. Take advantage of ample parking or dock your boat to one of two public docks located within 2000 feet of our front door. Coming through our doors, you will be treated to true southern hospitality, fine food & wine and the warm feeling that you’re dining in a friend's beautifully restored Victorian home.
Clay's Sapelo Station
15600 Us Highway 17Townsend GA 31331http://www.clayssapelostation.com912 832-2013Featuring coastal ambiance, local seafood, local BUFFALO Steaks(!), full bar and steamed-on-the spot Blue Crab for Eat-In or To-Go in your picnic basket.
Waterfront Wine and Gourmet
107 Broad Street Darien, GA 31305www.WaterfrontWineShop.com912-437-3410Waterfront Wine Bar is located directly behind Waterfront Wine & Gourmet, with a beautiful view of the Darien River. Enter through the Wine Store, then sit down and enjoy a beer, a glass of wine, along with an Hors d' Oeuvre or Desert while you watch the boats go by and the sun set over the river. Friday and Saturday nights we usually have live music from 6:00-10:00 PM.
B&J's Steaks and Seafood
901 Northway, Darien, GA 31305912-437-2122Awesome buffet featuring fried chicken, fried fish and special seafood buffet on Friday night. Vegetables, salad and dessert. $8 lunch buffet
River Rd Townsend, GA 31331 (912) 832-5771http://hunterscafe.com912-832-5771Hunter's Waterfront Cafe' is located in Shellman Bluff, Georgia The location is on the waterfront just off of "Shellman Bluff Road" Hunter's specializes in seafood but is also widely known for their mouth-watering burgers and steaks. Famous for "Bluff Battered Fries!" Hunter's features a fully stocked bar and we have nightly entertainment on the weekends. New Menu Items are now available. Mon - Fri: 11:00 am-2:00 pm 5:00 pm-2:00 am Sat: 8:00 am-2:00 am Sun: 8:00 am-11:00 pm
Ferry to Sapelo
Sapelo Island Visitors Center
1766 Landing Road Southeasthttp://www.sapelonerr.org/visitorcenter.htm(912) 437-3224Public tour reservations can be made by calling (912) 437-3224. Group tours for 10-40 people can be arranged by calling the Education Office (912) 485-2300. Tickets for public and group tours of Sapelo Island can be purchased at the Visitor Center. T-shirts, books, and videos are also available for purchase.
Birding, Nature, Sapelo Island
Harris Neck Wildlife Refuge
Harris Neck Road, Townsend, GAhttp://www.fws.gov/harrisneck(843) 784-2468Harris Neck's 2,762 acres consists of saltwater marsh, grassland, mixed deciduous woods, and cropland. Because of this great variety in habitat, many different species of birds are attracted to the refuge throughout the year. In the summer, thousands of egrets and herons nest in the swamps, while in the winter, large concentrations of ducks (especially mallards, gadwall and teal) gather in the marshland and freshwater pools. Over 15 miles of paved roads and trails provide the visitor easy access to the many different habitats. Chosen for it's accessibility and bird diversity, Harris Neck is one of 18 sites forming the Colonial Coast Birding Trail, inaugurated in 2000.
R.J. Reynolds Wildlife Preserve
Sapelo Island, GAhttp://www.sapelonerr.org/visitorcenter.htm912-437-3224 guided public toursBeaches stretching as far as the eye can see define the Sapelo experience. The Atlantic surf constantly changes and redesigns the undeveloped shoreline, and the salt marshes around Sapelo's undisturbed sand dunes represent a unique ecosystem found only along the barrier islands. Advance reservations required. Your innkeepers will be happy to arrange for private tours or bicycle rental on Sapelo Island.
Sapelo Island, GAhttp://reynoldsonsapelo.com/lodges/reynolds/about912-437-3224Hog Hammock is a small Geechee/Gullah community of about 45 people on Sapelo Island, Georgia. Geechee/Gullah refers to distinct African-American culture that developed primarily along the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia. The culture is called "Gullah" in South Carolina, and "Geechee" in Georgia. Sapelo’s Hog Hammock community is made up of the decedents of slaves who worked the plantation of Thomas Spalding. Spalding first brought slaves to the island in 1802, primarily from West Africa, Sierra Leone and bordering countries, for the Africans ability to cultivate rice and their resistance to malaria. Rice, cotton, indigo, and sugarcane were produced on the Spalding plantation. Left isolated, the Geechee/Gullah developed a distinct culture and language, a Creole based upon English and several African dialects. They have retained more of their African cultural roots than their African-American counterparts who have been interspersed through society.The human history of Sapelo dates back about 4,500 years. Archaeological investigations on the island have determined an extensive Native American presence on Sapelo during the Archaic Period of pre-history (2,000-500 B.C.).
Butler Island Plantation
Highway 17 South"Famous rice Plantation of the 19th century, owned by Pierce Butler of Philadelphia. During a visit here with her husband in 1839-40, Pierce Butler's wife, the brilliant English actress, Fannie Kemble, wrote her "Journal of a Residence On A Georgia Plantation," which is said to have influenced England against the Confederacy."
Tolomato Causeway, Darien, GA 31305http://www.tolomatofreshwaterpond.org123-456-7890Fresh water pond and rookery
189 Charlie Butler Road Midway, Georgia 31320http://www.n-georgia.com/cay-creek-wetland-interpretive-center.html912-884-3344Birders are welcome to enjoy the 15 foot tower in the Wetlands. You may have the opportunity to observe, in their natural habitat, any number of wild animals, insects, snakes, lizards and birds. Plus there are over 100 different species of plants and trees.
Kayak and and Eco tours
City Docks Darien at Skippershttp://www.captgabby.com912-270-5383Experience the unspoiled beauty of the Georgia Coast aboard a shrimp boat converted to be a kayak mothership! Let us take you to places that few people can access - there is room for 6 participants to sleep, eat, and shower on board! We do trips from 3 hours to 2 weeks - fishing, birding, beach combing, kayaking, exploring
Altamaha Coastal Tours
Fort King George Drivehttp://www.altamaha.com912 437-6010The Altamaha River BioReserve is a world of wilderness and natural wonder. Bottle Nosed dolphins, manatee and thousands of sea-birds make this area a best kept secret. Trips include kayaking through black-water swamps of cypress knees and giant old growth forests.
Sapelo Hammock Golf Club
1354 Marshview Dr. Northeast,Shellman Bluff,GA 31331http://www.sapelohammock.com/index.php912.832.4653Sapelo Hammock Golf Club - A pristine setting tucked away along the Sapelo River, the 18 hole, 6,887 yard, par 72 Sapelo Hammock Golf Club is routed through historic oak-lined fairways with breathtaking marsh views.
Public Boat Ramps
Champney River Boat Ramp
Highway 17Just south of Darien on highway 17
Darien City Ramp
Sciven StreetNext Skippers Fish Camp at the city docks
Bellville Boat Ramp
Susan Baker DriveBellville boat ramp - DNR CRD Take Exit 58 south on GA HWY 57 for 5.1 miles to Bellville Road. Turn left 1.6 miles to boat ramp. (One single-lane ramp).
1510 Blue N Hall Rd SE,912-437-4677Public ramp and Marina with lift McIntosh County Rod and Gun Club
Harris Neck Boat Ramp
Harris Neck Road
Fort King George
302 McIntosh Rd SE Darien GAhttp://www.gastateparks.org/FortKingGeorge(912) 437-4770This is the oldest English fort remaining on Georgia's coast. From 1721 until 1736, Fort King George was the southern outpost of the British Empire in North America. Structures include a blockhouse, officers' quarters, barracks, a guardhouse, moat and palisades. A museum and film cover the Guale Indians, the Santo Domingo de Talaje mission, Fort King George, the Scots of Darien and 19th century sawmilling when Darien became a major seaport. In addition to the many fort buildings, remains of three sawmills and tabby ruins are still visible. This site is on the Colonial Coast Birding Trail.
Darien, Ga. 31305Walking tour begins in downtown Darien.The town of Darien (originally known as New Inverness) was founded in January 1736 by Scottish Highlanders recruited by James Oglethorpe to act as settler-soldiers protecting the frontiers of Georgia from the Spanish in Florida, the French in the Alabama basin and their Indian allies. On January 10, 1736, 177 emigrants, including women and children, arrived on board the Prince of Wales to establish Darien.
St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church
Fort King George Drive, Darien GA
Hofwyl Broadfield Plantation
5556 US Highway 17 Northhttp://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1AFAB_enUS443US443&aq=0&oq=hofwyl&gcx=w&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&912) 264-7333This beautiful plantation represents the history and culture of Georgia’s rice coast. In the early 1800s, William Brailsford of Charleston carved a rice plantation from marshes along the Altamaha River. The plantation and its inhabitants were part of the genteel low country society that developed during the antebellum period. While many factors made rice cultivation increasingly difficult in the years after the Civil War, the family continued to grow rice until 1913.
Vacation Home Rentals
Easy Day Trips
Savannah Old Town Trolley Tour
MLK Visitor Information Center 301 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Savannah, GA 31401http://www.trolleytours.com/savannah1-888-910-8687Transportainment, a delightful combination of transportation and entertainment. Old Town Trolley's friendly conductors narrate the tour with a fascinating and fun mix of trivia and humorous stories. It will be our pleasure to guide you through “Georgia’s First City.”
6515 Frederica Rd, St Simons Island, GA 31522www.nps.gov/fofr/index.htm(912) 638-3639Located on the interior coast of Georgia's St. Simons Island, Fort Frederica National Monument preserves the remains of one of the most impressive British settlements ever carved from the American forests.
Jekyll Island Turtle Center
214 Stable Road, Jekyll Island, Georgia 31527 912-635-4444http://www.georgiaseaturtlecenter.org912-635-4444Visitors to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center will explore exhibits on sea turtle conservation, rehabilitation, and their amazing journey from egg to adulthood. School field trips, public programs, and special events will highlight Georgia’s unique coastal ecosystem and the mysterious world of these ancient reptiles.
101 Wheeler St, St Marys, GA 31558www.nps.gov/CUIS912-882-4336The public areas of Cumberland Island are part of a national seashore managed by the National Park Service. NPS restricts access to 300 people on the island at a time. A ferry runs twice a day to Cumberland Island from the mainland (St. Marys, Georgia). The only other way to reach the island is by private boat. Visitors cannot bring vehicles or bikes on the ferry, and there are no paved roads or trails.
4159 Suwannee Canal Rd Folkston, GA 31537http://www.okefenokeeadventures.com866–THE–SWAMP (843–7926)We are the most experienced team of professional guides working in the Okefenokee today and we are here because we love the swamp. Let us share it with you!
11495 Hwy 17 Townsend, GA 31331http://www.georgiabuffalo.com1 (855) 242-2833A family owned and operated Bison Ranch. Dedicated to the restoration of the natural and cultural heritage of bison.