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The Georgia coast is an incredible place to explore, with its quiet barrier islands and charming towns. But it’s also perfect for disconnecting from technology and other people. There are a number of places for camping and glamping with loved ones or solo.
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Hostel in the Forest
Brunswick is home to the Hostel in the Forest, a longtime retreat for those looking to get off the grid. They have open-air tree houses, huts, and a bunkhouse as well as outdoor showers and a sweat lodge.
Guests are also asked to pitch in on chores and are welcomed for the vegetarian dinners. Memberships are required before your stay but last for life.
Editor’s Note: The hostel is closed until 2021.
Blythe Island Regional Park
Also in Brunswick, Blythe Island Regional Park is a stunning 1,100-acre wildlife area with a campsite for both RVs and groups of tents. They have full hookups, WiFi, and laundry facilities.
There’s also a freshwater lake for swimming or fishing, picnic pavilions, a playground, and a marina with access to the South Brunswick River and the ocean beyond. It’s also right off I-95.
If you don’t have your own RV, you can rent one from Outdoorsy.
While Cumberland Island has many campsites, Sea Camp is the easiest to access for the majority of visitors. It’s a short walk from where the ferry lets off at the southernmost point of the island. Otherwise, you’ll have to haul your stuff by bike or foot over three miles to the next sites.
Inland Harbor RV Park
The charming town of Darien has a few accommodation options, including the Inland Harbor RV Park. It has paved RV sites, full hookups, full-service laundry, and a clean bathhouse. The park is also close to the seafood restaurants that line the waterfront.
Jekyll Island Campground
The Jekyll Island Campground is down the street from the famed Driftwood Beach and offers 179 pet-friendly tent and RV sites. Amenities include free WiFi, two bathhouses, onsite laundry, and a general store. There’s also a pickleball court, bike rentals, and a bird sanctuary.
Little Raccoon Key
Located is on a reef island off the coast of Jekyll Island, Little Raccoon Key is a unique option offering both daytime fishing charters and overnight glamping in luxurious tents. The staff can arrange all sorts of activities like nature walks, beachfront massages, and chef dinners.
Savannah and Tybee Island
Camp Whitmarsh is a fun glamping spot in Savannah with vintage trailers. They have an outdoor bath, fire pit, kitchenette, and plenty of books and records to keep you entertained. It’s also close to the attractions of the Historic District.
Skidaway Island State Park
Set along the Intracoastal Waterway, Skidaway Island State Park is a beautiful and convenient campground for visitors to Savannah. It has both tent and RV sites tucked into the oaks as well as air-conditioned camper cabins and group campsites.
Guests can enjoy two playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment, a volleyball court, trails, and WiFi. A new interpretive center will open soon.
River’s End Campground and RV Park
River’s End Campground and RV Park on Tybee Island is perfect for budget travelers staying at the beach, set 0.5 miles away. There are sites for RVs and tents as well as cabins.
Amenities include free WiFi, laundry, a bathhouse, propane dispensary, a dog park, a fitness center, and a TV lounge. You can also swim in the island’s largest swimming pool.
KOA St. Mary’s/Jacksonville
St. Mary’s/Jacksonville KOA has cabins and traditional campsites, but they also have air-conditioned teepees with televisions and real beds. You also get free breakfast and use of their pool, mini-golf course, and playground.