This small barrier island is a unique destination along Georgia's famed Colonial Coast. Guests begin their day at the mainland visitor center, where they can learn about Sapelo's cultural history, coastal wildlife, and complex beach and dunes systems. After a 30-minute ferry ride, they arrive at this 11-mile-long island. Guided tours highlight the African-American community of Hog Hammock, Reynolds Mansion, Nanny Goat Beach, University of Georgia Marine Institute and a restored 1820 lighthouse.
Groups may stay overnight on the island at the historic Reynolds Mansion or Cabretta Campground. The unusual and lovely Reynolds Mansion features marble sculptures, an ornately decorated Circus Room, murals by Athos Menaboni, a bowling lane, billiards, library and more. Cabretta Campground is sheltered by live oaks and is just a short walk to the beach.
Regretfully, Reynolds Mansion is not equipped to accommodate pets of any sort. However, service animals are welcome.
Mainland Visitor Center Hours:
Tuesday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Accommodations & Facilities:
• 6,110-Acre Reserve on a 16,006-Acre Barrier Island
• Reynolds Mansion (groups of 16–29 only, $175–225)
• Visitor Center (in Meridian)
• Marsh and Beach Walks
• Cabretta Pioneer Campground (groups of 15–25 only, $20+)
Available in the visitor center
Things To Do & See:
• Programs & Tours
• Guided Tours ($10 child/$15 adult) — reservations required; cash or check only
• Brunswick & The Golden Isles of Georgia
• Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
• Fort King George Historic Site
• Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve