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.