Driftwood Beach – Jekyll Island, Georgia - Atlas Obscura
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Jekyll Island, Georgia

Driftwood Beach

Constant erosion has created a surreal landscape of bleached and preserved fallen trees.  

Jekyll Island is Georgia state’s smallest barrier island—a narrow sediment deposit that runs along the coastline. The unique geography of such islands has given rise to a lovely and slightly unreal site at the north end of the island.

Gnarly pine and oak trees litter the landscape, some fully exposed and some that appear to emerge from depths of the sand. The constant exposure of barrier islands to strong currents causes the north end to be eroded, pushing the sand to the beaches of the southern end.

On Jekyll Island, the eroded soil became unable to support the trees, which fell and decayed gradually over time, creating the beautiful and otherworldly sun-bleached formations of Driftwood Beach seen today. It looks like a quiet tree graveyard, and has an air of romance that makes it a popular venue for local couples to tie the knot. 

Know Before You Go

It's a short walk east from the big fishing pier on the north end of the island, but you can see it from the pier. You'll park in an area with picnic tables and views of the large barges that frequent that area. The part of the beach closest to this area is less impressive. For the best views, be prepared to walk about a mile from the parking area. Feeling adventurous? Just past Villa’s By The Sea, there is a place you can pull off the road and follow the unmarked path down to the beach.