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.
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.