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The Jekyll Island Trail is a combination of loops and connecting trails that make up a 24-mile-long route circling this island on the southeast coast of Georgia. A large portion of the trail system is within state park, but the trail also allows for exploration of beaches, forests, campgrounds, shops, and the Historic Landmark District. There is a lot of natural scenery and bike rentals are readily available, along with golfing and miniature golf.
Two helpful bike maps are available from the state park, one of the whole island and one of the historic district pedestrian and bike paths. Local hotels should also have copies of these maps. The loop to the north is about 10 miles and the loop to the south is a bit less. There is a wildlife viewing tower in the southern section at the St. Andrews picnic area.
Follow State Route 520 to Jekyll Island and take two left turns immediately after crossing the bridge and reaching the island; you'll arrive at a large parking area under the bridge with access to the bike trail.
A great way to tour the Island. I have biked and walked it. Many different types of scenery, marsh, wooded, ocean. Plenty to see and many places to stop and sit. Make sure to take time and enjoy, especially Driftwood Beach.
We ride this often. The actual trail is 19 miles. You do some dirt, road, bridges, go through woods, over creeks, through ancient oaks and in front of the beach. Very nice. Needs lots of repairs and cleaning after Hurricane Irma.
The scenery is by far one of our favorites, the ride takes you from the marsh, to historic buildings, blending to the beach and ocean views, along the way you will encounter shopping and resturants, golf courses, the water park and nature. Simply a relaxing ride with mostly wide paths to alow traffic in both directions. No matter the season you will fall in love with this treasure of the coast. From the fast paced rider to the laid back cruiser, Jekyll offers something for all. We take our 6 year old nephew with us on some rides and he loves it even on his smaller bike. The trails are a very nice ride for our cruisers and our friends ride road bikes and they also found it a pleasing ride. There has been alot of improvements over the last year to the riding paths. I don't see many being disappointed after their experience here. Come for the day, stay for the week, or discover your home away from home.
I have biked Jekyll Island trails for many years as a stop over on my way back from Florida. The trails are in good shape with lots of things to see and places to stop. There is lots of history here dating back to early colonial times. Do get the brochures and maps from the state park. There are three short well packed dirt trails in the center of the island on the south end. The Beach Village has shopping and lunch places. Bob
The trails around Jekyll are in great shape. I've taken my family riding several times. Lots of wildlife from deer to blue herons. Lots to do and see. Great rides on the beach.
Do not bring your road bike! This is a trail for mountain bikes or beach cruisers. Only portions of the trail are in adequate shape for road bikes. I ended up occasionally on dirt trails. Opted to ride on the parallel streets in many places just to get off the trail.
North side of the Island offers great views of passing bulk cargo and Ro-Ro ships. Seaward side of the island offers great views across the protected dunes. I clocked 16.7 miles around the island, not entirely on the circumference trail. All hotels are bike friendly and have beach cruisers; many are dog friendly.
Make some noise and maybe the local authorities will do some repair work on the trails.
Ridden Dec-12, 2015, 9:30 AM, temp: 17 C.
PS - thanks to the staff at Hampton Inn & Suites.
You have to pay $6 to get on the island since much of it is a state park. But it is well worth it. The trails run all over the island, and cover a variety of landscapes - along the beach, through the woods, through the historic village. Most of the trails are shaded and well maintained. Bike rentals are available at most of the hotels. There are very few restaurants, but many hotels. Get a map at goldenisles.com
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