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Georgia's Colonial Coast Birding Trail

Jekyll Island - North End Beach

Description: This site is situated at the northern end of Jekyll Island at the mouth of St. Simons Sound. Although the beach is more limited than at the south end, the mix of beach, forest and saltwater habitats provides excellent birding opportunities.

Types of Birds: Songbirds, shorebirds, wading birds, waterfowl, gull-like birds

Best Birding Seasons: Songbirds (all), shorebirds (all), wading birds (all), waterfowl (winter), gull-like birds (all)

Specialties: Least tern, red-throated loon, scoters, American oystercatcher, black skimmer

Tips: Warblers are best seen during spring and fall migration. Thousands of scoters and scaup raft just offshore in winter. Look for ospreys throughout the year. Look for common and red-throated loons fishing off the beach. Walking southward along the beach is sometimes difficult at high tide.

Fee: $5 per vehicle or $45 annual ParkPass.

Telephone Number: Toll-free 1-877-4JEKYLL (453-5955)

Fun Things To Do: Look for wildlife while bicycling around the island. Watch gulls and other birds following fishing boats. In summer, take a guided turtle walk and look for nesting loggerhead sea turtles. Learn about the fascinating life of the island and surrounding nearby marsh on a guided marsh or nature walk. For more information on coastal wildlife viewing opportunities, call (912) 635-2284.

Directions: Take Exit 29 at the junction of I-95 and US 17. Take US 17/SR 520 North to the SR 520 split. Turn right onto SR 520 and continue on to the toll booth at the east end of the Jekyll Island Causeway. Pay the parking fee and travel until the road intersects Beachview Drive. Turn left onto Beachview Drive and drive 4.5 miles to the north end of the island. Parking lot will be on the right. See the map.