Jekyll Island is a barrier island on Georgia's coast that is located midway between Savannah and Jacksonville, Florida. The island is owned by state of Georgia and operated by the Jekyll Island Authority. Development is limited to 35 percent of the island, preserving most of it as native ecosystem.
The Jekyll Island Club Historic District is a 240-acre area that preserves a number of historic buildings. The Jekyll Island Club was founded in 1886 as a hunting and recreational club. Notable members of the club included John Pierpont Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, William Rockefeller (co-founder of Standard Oil), Marshall Field and members of the Vanderbilt family. It operated for 54 years until it closed in 1942 due to World War II. The focal point of the historic district is the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, the former clubhouse that currently operates as a hotel.
The island has 10 miles of sandy shoreline and the surrounding waters provide great boating and fishing. There are 20 miles of trails for biking on Jekyll Island and bike rentals available. Horseback riding is another popular activity and there are guided equestrian tours of the island. The University of Georgia 4-H Tidelands Nature Center provides kids and their families with hands-on educational programs.
Families can stay overnight at the island's campground, which provides 206 campsites. Campsites range from tent sites to RV sites with hookups for electricity, water, sewer and cable TV. The campground features a restroom, showers and laundry. For those families requiring a little connectivity, Wi-Fi internet is available for registered guests.