Nestled along Georgia coast, midway between Savannah, Georgia, and Jacksonville, Florida, lies the mainland city of Brunswick and its four beautiful barrier islands: St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island, and Jekyll Island.
Interstate 95, the main Interstate Highway on the east coast of the United States, serves the coast of Georgia.
Within Georgia, it begins from the south at the St. Marys River and the Florida state line and continues north past the border of South Carolina at the Savannah River. Exits 29, 36, 38, and 42 serve the Golden Isles of Georgia.
At mile marker 41 between Exits 42 and 38 (southbound only), Glynn County Rest Area houses one of the Golden Isles’ Visitor Centers and is the only visitors center for the Golden Isles located on Interstate 95.
From northern Florida to west of Savannah, Interstate 95 travels alongside the U.S. 17 corridor, passing near or through marshlands, and is close to the Atlantic coastline.
In Brunswick, the route traverses the south Brunswick River over the Sidney Lanier Bridge and then crosses the Altamaha River Bridge, between Glynn County and McIntosh County. This section of U.S. 17 is known as the Gateway to Historic Brunswick and the Golden Isles because it provides access to Jekyll Island, St. Simons Island, Sea Island, and boat access to Little St. Simons Island.
Driving along U.S. 17 is an opportunity to slow down and take in the beautiful marshes, natural surroundings, and to step back in time.
Along the way visit the Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation—located between Brunswick and Darien on U.S. 17 (1 mile east of I-95, exit 42). This beautiful plantation represents the history and culture of Georgia’s rice coast. Walk through the preserved antebellum home, tour the grounds, or hike along the Colonial Coast Birding Trail—an excellent spot to look for herons, egrets, ibis, and painted buntings.
RV camping is available at the following campgrounds, RV parks, and resorts:
Coastal Georgia RV Resort
Coastal Georgia RV Resort is big-rig friendly with spacious all-concrete pull-through full hook-
up sites including 30/50-amp electric service, cable TV, Wi-Fi at site park wide, picnic tables, grills, paved interior roads, pool, recreation hall, pavilion, and laundry facilities.
A resort style RV Park situated on a lake, Coastal Georgia RV Resort is conveniently located off I-95 (Exit 29).
Address: 287 South Port Parkway, Brunswick, GA 31523
Phone: (912) 264-3869
Golden Isles RV Park
Golden Isles RV Park is big-rig friendly with pull-through full hook-up sites including 20/30/50-amp electric service, cable TV, Wi-Fi at site park wide, picnic tables, pool, pavilion, and laundry facilities.
Golden Isles RV Park is located 1 mile off I-95 (Exit 29).
Address: 7445 Blythe Island Highway, Brunswick, GA 31523
Phone: (912) 261-1025
Blythe Island Regional Park Campground
Blythe Island Regional Park Campground offers pull-through full hook-up sites including 30/50-amp electric service, cable TV, Wi-Fi at site, picnic tables, fire rings, and laundry facilities.
Blythe Island Regional Park Campground is located 3½ miles off I-95 (Exit 29).
Address: 6616 Blythe Island Highway, Brunswick, GA 31523
Phone: (912) 279-2812 or (800) 343-7855 (toll free)
Jekyll Island Campground
Jekyll Island Campground offers pull-through full hook-up sites including 30/50-amp electric service, cable TV, Wi-Fi, picnic tables, and laundry facilities. Tenting sites are available.
Jekyll Island Campground is located on 18 wooded acres on Jekyll Island’s north end.
Phone: (912) 635-3021
Please Note: This is Part 5 of a 5-part series on Brunswick and the Golden Isles of Georgia
The Marshes of Glynn
And now from the Vast of the Lord will the waters of sleep
Roll in on the souls of men,
But who will reveal to our waking ken
The forms that swim and the shapes that creep
Under the waters of sleep?
And I would I could know what swimmeth below when the tide comes in
On the length and the breadth of the marvelous marshes of Glynn.
—Sidney Lanier (1842–1881)