Jekyll Island Nature Walks & Eco-Tours
Take a Guided Tour of Jekyll Island and Have Fun While Learning About Coastal Georgia's Ecosystems and Wildlife.
Public nature walks are available throughout the year on Jekyll Island. Explore the local terrain and variety of wetlands, forests and marshes and learn about Jekyll's coastal ecosystems and marine life.
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100 S Riverview Dr
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Located on the southwest side of Jekyll Island, adjacent to the salt marsh on the pristine 'Tidelands' salt pond, 4-H Tidelands Nature Center offers hands-on coastal ecology programs for the general public and school groups, guided kayak tours, canoe rentals, and a live coastal species exhibit gallery. In keeping with Georgia 4-H Environmental Education program objectives, Tidelands strives to develop an awareness, knowledge, and appreciation for the environment, as we connect participants with Georgia's coastal ecosystems.
Join an experienced guide for a 1 - 1 1/2 hour walk through the beaches, maritime forests and salt marshes of Jekyll Island. We offer our regularly scheduled walks from March-October. Reservations are required. Contact Tidelands at (912) 635-5032 to make a reservation. Nature walks are also available by appointment year-round.
Mondays - North Tip and Driftwood Beach
Walk begins along the marsh at Clam Creek and ends at the famous Driftwood Beach, offering many possibilities for photographers. Meets at the Clam Creek Picnic Area parking lot on the north end of island (beside the fishing pier), across from the campground.
Wednesdays - South Tip and Beach Creek
Walk begins in the maritime forest and explores the south tip beach, including a stop at the newly constructed wildlife observation tower for a view of the marshes of Beach Creek. A great area for birds. Meets at the St. Andrews Picnic Area parking lot on the south end of the island, near rest rooms.
Fridays - South Dunes Picnic Area
Walk follows the dune boardwalk to the beach, perfect for beachcombers. Meets at South Dunes Picnic Area parking lot, immediately south of the Hampton Inn and Suites.
All walks begin at 9:00 am. Your guide will meet you at the location for that day.
Nature Walk Cost for Individuals and Families
Adults: $7.00 marsh
Ages 3-18: $5.00
While visiting Jekyll this summer, be sure to check out our fun-filled, family oriented programs. 4-H Tidelands offers great summer-time learning experiences for all ages. Join us for animal feeding, fishing, seining, astronomy, and more! All ages are welcome and we offer our Coastal Explorers programs especially for younger children ages 4-10. Interested in our Discovery Day Camp? This summer camp is open for children age 8-12 and runs from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, Monday-Thursday. Each day has a new, exciting theme focused on coastal ecology. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate (Except for Discovery Day Camp). Reservations requested but walk-in's always welcome! Please call Tidelands at 912.635.5032
for more information or to sign-up.
Ranger Walks: Maritime Forest Ecology & Bald Eage Nest Viewing
Saturdays, December-March; 10am & 3pm
Join an experienced island naturalist for a 45-90 minute walking tour through a historic trail and one of the island's most diverse habitats. Admission required.
This interactive presentation highlights alligator biology, behavior, conservation and research. Reservations required.
Local Wildlife Species
The natural beauty of Jekyll Island is largely undisturbed and preserved with acres of wilderness that is home to a variety of species that call it home. Respect all wildlife and do your part to protect their habitat. Jekyll Island is a Georgia State Park, and it is unlawful to feed, harass, approach, injure or remove any wildlife. For any questions or concerns regarding wildlife on Jekyll, please contact the Jekyll Island Wildlife Response department at 912.222.5992
There are two species of venomous snakes to be found on Jekyll, including rattlesnakes and cottonmouths. These snakes are not common in most areas where people can be found. However, you should respect all natural areas that could potentially be home to either of these species. If you come upon a snake, do not approach it and move carefully away from it. These creatures do not like confrontation and will typically move on if you give it space and do not provoke it.
Sightings of these are rare but not unheard of on Jekyll, due to its plentiful marshlands and natural wooded areas. You should practice awareness when venturing near these areas and especially around open water. Do not feed or approach an alligator of any size. These animals are quite fast and can be dangerous should you confront one unexpectedly or get too close. Always respect their space and never attempt to retrieve a golf ball that has fallen in water or near an alligator or their territory.
Many deer make Jekyll Island their home, and these nocturnal creatures can often be seen in the evening or early morning. Riverview Drive is an area that is commonly populated with large concentrations of deer, so drive slowly and cautiously during these hours. Do not feed, disturb or approach them.
The Ben Fortson Parkway leading to Jekyll Island is home to thousands of wild rabbits that make their home near the marshlands and surrounding vegetation. Visitors to the island can spot these creatures all along the roadway during the warm weather months. Use caution when driving and avoid leaving the roadway or venturing into their territory.