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Jekyll Island Campground 2.0

Jekyll Island, Georgia, United States

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Pros

  • Close to beach and fishing pier
  • Unobtrusive but well-marked spaces for both tents and RVs
  • Cable, water, and sewer hookups for RVs
  • Showers and bathrooms available for campers
  • Coin-operated laundry facilities and campground store
  • Small bird sanctuary on premises
  • Free Wi-Fi/DSL Internet connection in guest community room
  • Bikes available for rent with easy access to trails
  • Pets allowed

Cons

  • No business center, gym, restaurant or pool (rustic property)
  • Sites are close to each other and can get crowded
  • Lots of mosquitoes owing to dense surrounding greenery
  • Raccoons and other critters prevalent (keep food wrapped)

Bottom Line

If you like your camping to feel more old school and less "glamping," then Jekyll Island Campground will suit you well. The 18 wooded acres are divided into 206 campsites as well as main areas that may remind some of summers spent at sleep-away camp; this no-frills but pleasant campground will let you enjoy the outdoors naturally while still providing enough amenities to keep you comfortable. The RV spaces include cable, water, and sewer hookups. Campers opting for the more traditional tent route can still use the bathrooms and showers on the premises, which are kept clean. The surroundings are dense with trees and it's very quiet...so quiet in fact that guests in some areas can hear the waves crash on the nearby Driftwood Beach. Though the sites are spaced a tad close together -- it can get crowded if the park is full -- there’s still enough open space for every camper to feel the privacy of the great outdoors.

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A very non-commercialized site perfect for outdoor enthusiasts

If your idea of fun is time spent in nature, then you''ll find like-minded folks at this site. A campground that's more on the rustic side of things, people staying here are keen to have campfires and classic camping adventures -- including bonfires even during the hot, sticky days of August. Keep in mind that you'll also be sharing your camp with critters; that's part of the fun to many, but unless you want raccoons in your trail mix, follow the site's guidelines for food preparation, storage, and disposal. The forest-green-painted wooden buildings on the property give a distinct feeling that you're not only camping but "at camp," adding to the authenticity of the experience. There’s a community room where people can hang out or check the Internet; the area looks a lot like an arts and craft space, with folding tables and chairs. Somehow it's all charming with a bare bones simplicity.

Location

In the woods, on the northern tip of Jekyll Island

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Set on 18 wooded acres at the northern tip of Jekyll Island, opposite the Clam Creek picnic area, this campground will have you sleeping under a canopy of magnificent oak trees while still placing you close to the beach. Just across the street from the property through the woods, there’s a community fishing pier along with a bike path that runs around much of the area. The well-paved road leading up to the property stretches around the entirety of the island in a large oval, meaning you can pretty much get anywhere you want to go from here.

Rooms

Unless you want to sleep under the stars, you'll need your own dwelling...

The grounds are pretty much BYOT or BYORV -- in other words, you've got to bring your own tent, RV, or whatever you plan to sleep in. That being said, whatever you decide to rig, set up, or pitch, the spaces are well delineated between 206 available campsites, though they are a little close to each other. In other words, you won't be alone in the woods if the site is booked to capacity. Still, even when crowded, there’s enough room for everyone without it feeling like the city. There’s plenty of nature to go around. Communal men's and women's bathrooms include toilets and showers which are kept clean and hygienic, though they're definitely not fancy.

Features

On-site convenience store, restrooms/showers, bicycle rentals, and a bird sanctuary

So, here is what you won't find at Jekyll Island Campground...a business center, gym, restaurant, or pool; in other words, this is camping. (Bring a book to read.) There is, however, a small campground store on-site and a convenience mart not too far away if you've forgotten any essentials, like bug spray, which you will need thanks to lots of mosquitoes. If you're planning a lengthy stay, you should probably come already stocked with groceries. Guests who are "roughing it" will appreciate the clean restrooms and showers as well as the coin-operated laundry facilities. Bicycle rentals are available on-site if you want to explore the island that way, but many will enjoy just whiling away the hours feeding the birds at the property's sweet little bird sanctuary. If you have other pets of your own, they're allowed too.

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1197 N Riverview Dr, Golden Isles of Georgia 31527-0748, United States

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