Georgia’s Sapelo Island reserve encompasses more than 6,000 acres, including the Duplin River and associated tidal marshes, nearby hammocks (small islands), and upland maritime forest along the southern and western sides of the island. Protected by state law since the early 1970’s, the marshes around Sapelo support the full diversity of native plant and animal species found along the Georgia coast. Loggerhead sea turtles lay their eggs on Sapelo’s Atlantic beaches, and northern right whales calf offshore.
The world-renowned University of Georgia Marine Institute sits within the reserve, and the famous Hog Hammock Gullah-Geechee community lies just to the east. The island’s cultural history dates back more than 4,500 years, based on archeological studies of the Native American “Shell Ring” at the north end of the island. Cultural icons include the famous Reynolds Mansion and Sapelo Lighthouse, both of which are found within the reserve’s boundaries.Visit the Reserve's Website