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Driftwood Beach

Experience the otherworldly landscapes of this sandy beach and wander between the skeletons of gnarled trees and sun-bleached branches.

Driftwood Beach wraps around the northeastern tip of Jekyll Island, Georgia’s tiniest barrier island. The sandy beach has shifted and eroded over the years, forming an ethereal coastal landscape unlike anywhere else. Stroll around a graveyard of twisted oak and pine trees and take photographs of one of Jekyll Island’s most captivating spots.

Make your way onto the sandy stretch of beach and begin exploring the ocean-sculpted landscape. The northern end of Jekyll Island is impacted by strong currents, which erode and shift the sand banks and push sediment to the island’s southern end. A former forest of oak and pine trees became a sandy beach as the channel scoured farther into the coastline. Imagine how the forest would have appeared before the soil was swept away. Eventually these trees died and decayed, transforming into the sculptural driftwood monuments you see today.

Wander between the trees and take photographs of the otherworldly formations. The windswept coastal scenery has made Driftwood Beach a popular spot for wedding photographers. If the weather is pleasant, bring a picnic to enjoy on the beach or at the Clam Creek Picnic Area nearby. Kids will enjoy climbing on the gnarled old trees and exploring the driftwood forests. Go swimming at the beach but take care to check for submerged driftwood. Study the horizon and you might see dolphins playing in the channel.

Pitch your tent at the nearby Jekyll Island Campground or book a night at the neighboring resort to experience having this magnificent landscape on your doorstep.

Driftwood Beach stretches between the Clam Creek Picnic Area and the resort. From Clam Creek, you can reach the beach via a paved path and bridge. The beach is a short walk east from the fishing pier on Jekyll Island’s northern tip. Park at one of the designated parking areas located alongside the beach access trails. Driftwood Beach is free to visit any time of the day. Arrive early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid crowds at this beach.


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1175 N Beachview Dr, Jekyll Island, GA
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the beach, this eco-friendly villa is within 3 mi (5 km) of Driftwood Beach, Horton House, and Jekyll Island Golf Club. Great Dunes Park is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.

    Saint Simons Inn by the Lighthouse $129
    Saint Simons Inn by the Lighthouse

    Saint Simons Inn by the Lighthouse

    609 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island, GA
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated by the ocean, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Simons Lighthouse Museum and Saint Simons Island Pier. Neptune Park and Demere Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Beach Paradise in Jekyll Island
      Beach Paradise in Jekyll Island

      Beach Paradise in Jekyll Island

      Jekyll Island, GA
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Jekyll Island, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Horton House and Driftwood Beach. Jekyll Island Golf Club is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

        185 - Annabelle By The Sea - 2 Br Villa
        185 - Annabelle By The Sea - 2 Br Villa

        185 - Annabelle By The Sea - 2 Br Villa

        1175 N. Beachview Dr Davenport, Building 185, Jekyll Island, GA
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated by the ocean, this condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Horton House and Driftwood Beach. Jekyll Island Golf Club is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

          Villa 384 - Be By The Sea 3 Bedroom Condo
          Villa 384 - Be By The Sea 3 Bedroom Condo

          Villa 384 - Be By The Sea 3 Bedroom Condo

          1175 N. Beachview Dr. Morgan, Building 384, Jekyll Island, GA
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Jekyll Island, this beach condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Horton House and Driftwood Beach. Jekyll Island Golf Club is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

            Ocean Inn and Suites $99
            Ocean Inn and Suites

            Ocean Inn and Suites

            599 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island, GA
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the airport, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of St. Simons Lighthouse Museum and Saint Simons Island Pier. Massengale Park and Bloody Marsh Battle Site are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Villa 303 - Little Shell - 1 Br Condo
              Villa 303 - Little Shell - 1 Br Condo

              Villa 303 - Little Shell - 1 Br Condo

              1175 N. Beachview Dr. Justin, Building 302 #303, Jekyll Island, GA
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated by the ocean, this condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Horton House and Driftwood Beach. Jekyll Island Golf Club is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

                Villa 302 - Harbor Lights - 2 Br Condo
                Villa 302 - Harbor Lights - 2 Br Condo

                Villa 302 - Harbor Lights - 2 Br Condo

                1175 N. Beachview, Dr. Justin Building 302, Jekyll Island, GA
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated by the ocean, this condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Horton House and Driftwood Beach. Jekyll Island Golf Club is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.