Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve, Sapelo Island

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The Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve is a 6,110-acre (2,470 ha) coastal plain estuary, located in the U.S. State of Georgia, protected on its seaward side by a Pleistocene barrier island. It was established in 1976.

Sapelo Island is the fourth largest Georgia barrier island and one of the most pristine. The reserve is made up of salt marshes, maritime forests and beach dune areas. Not only is the island rich in natural history, but also in human history dating back 4,000 years.
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  • We booked a tour through the Sapelo Island Visitor Center. It was not costly and allowed us entrance to this private / state of Georgia owned island. We did not expect to enjoy our tour so...  more »
  • Great shoreline sanctuary. Beautiful place for bird watching or studying nature.
  • Great place for a nature walk. Excellent beaches on Ocean side of the island. There are no amenities on the island. There is no lodging. You need to provide your own food and other necessities. What comes on the island must comes off the island. Only access is by boat and you need a permit and a contact on the island, who will meet you at the doc and take you where you need to go. For the most part you need to catch the ferry back to the mainland the same day you come. I recommend coming with a tour group unless you're a research scientist with a permit or a relative of one of the island's residents, all of whom are descendents of freed slaves given land grants on the island (a.k.a. Geechees)

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