Georgia has several camping areas for those looking to camp on or very close to the beach. These areas range from federal and state public lands that have backcountry and RV camping and tent sites to private campgrounds which offer more luxurious accommodations. All offer opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy outdoor activities such as swimming, fishing, hiking and boating.
Camping with the National Park Service
Located in southern Georgia, Cumberland Island National Seashore has two developed beach campgrounds maintained by the National Park Service. The first, Sea Camp, has sixteen campsites for individual campers, and two group campsites for groups of up to twenty people. Campsite amenities include a fire ring, picnic table, grill, and a food cage. Sea Camp also has an amphitheater, cold water showers, restrooms, and boardwalk access to the beach. There are also several hiking trails nearby and the Ice House Museum. The second campground, Stafford Campground, is north of Sea Camp. It too has sites with fire rings, and the campground has shower facilities and restrooms. However, drinking water at the camp must be treated before drinking. It also has several hiking trails near the campground.
Camping with Georgia State Parks
Jekyll Island is just north of Cumberland Island National Seashore. It has over two hundred campsites, ranging from primitive tent sites to full hook-up camping with electricity, water, sewer and cable television. Wi-Fi internet access is available, as well as a general store that sells camping supplies and has bike rentals. There is also fishing available at a nearby pier and there is a picnic area. South of Savannah, Fort McAllister State Park is a fort dating back to the Civil War. Overlooking the Great Ogeechee River, Fort McAllister has 65 campsites, including several that are handicap-accessible. There are also restrooms, shower facilities, a laundry room and play area.
Camping at Private Campgrounds
River’s End Campground and RV Park is located on Tybee Island, which is east of Savannah. The campground has 120 sites, most of which are full hookups, with others that have just water and electricity, or are primitive/tent campsites. There are also shower facilities, restrooms, a laundry room, swimming pool, dump station and a computer station for email.
Visiting Wildlife Refuges in Georgia
Georgia has several wildlife refuges along the central coastline of the state. For instance, Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Refuge provides a winter habitat for migratory birds and other animals, some of which are endangered species. These include the American alligator, American bald eagle, the South Indian manatee, and the wood stork. Other wildlife refuges include the Richard J Renyolds State Wildlife Refuge and the Altamaha State Waterfowl Management Area.
Before traveling to Georgia to camp, check ahead for site availability, and the current rate for the site. When camping on state or federal land, there may be a limit as to the number of days a camper can spend in one site. Always follow campground rules and regulations.
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