Letting go of stress and embracing a great getaway starts with booking a trip to St. Simons Island. While this destination is ideal for beachgoers, it’s also a place that beckons to wildlife enthusiasts too. When you can’t wait to get into nature and observe some incredible creatures in rich habitats, the following are the top 5 wildlife watching spots to add to your itinerary. From sea birds along the shoreline to alligators in the marshland, St Simons Island wildlife watching promises to be an inspiring and thrilling adventure that you won’t soon forget!
East Beach Birding
St. Simons Island enjoys lush terrain made up of sensational waterways, marshlands, and sandbars. The combination makes this destination a dream come true for bird watchers who are excited to put binoculars to the skies year-round. One of the most iconic bird watching spots is known as the Colonia Birding Trail and a good portion of it runs through St. Simons Island’s East Beach. While all of East Beach acts as a haven for sea birds and migratory species, Gould’s Inlet is particularly pristine when it comes to observing a variety of species in abundance. This spot is found on the southeast corner of East Beach and beckons shorebirds and gulls in droves during high tide. No matter when you arrive at East Beach, you’re in for a birding treat. In the summer, black skimmers, Wilson’s plover, tern, and painted buntings flock to this area. During the winter months, the landscape here is dominated by piping plover, scoters, loons, northern gannets, and waterfowl. Fall and spring are primary migration seasons and offer up an opportunity for bird watchers to enjoy spotting American oystercatchers, warblers, and bald eagles too.
Little St. Simons Island
It may not be formally counted as part of the Colonial Coast Birding Trail, but Little St. Simons Island is a must-see destination for birders who can’t wait to make the most of their time in the area. Little St. Simons Island sits just off the north coast of the big island and covers 11,000 acres. Little St. Simons Island is notorious for its undeveloped wilderness, tantalizing trails, and pristine beach. It’s estimated that this island is home to over 280 bird species! If you make the visit, head over to Goose Pond when you’re in the mood to spot everything from great egrets and black-necked stilts to woodpeckers, spoonbills, and herons. For a different vantage point on the many species of Georgia wildlife that call this island home, make your way towards Norm’s Pond where you can access a two-story observation tower.
Wildlife Spotting with Coastal Backwater Adventures
Anyone who is visiting St. Simons Island and has a passion for wildlife watching will want to be sure to book at least one nature tour with the team at Coastal Backwater Adventures. Onboard a catamaran, you’ll make your way through Spartina Grass Marsh found throughout the Golden Isles and enjoy the opportunity to spot everything from dolphins and turtles to sea birds and even alligators along the way! Your guide will be more than happy to point out habitats of interest and of course, lead you towards those ecosystems where some incredible creatures thrive. Tours depart from 100 Marina Drive on St. Simons Island.
C-Hawk Nature Tours
Another great St Simons Island wildlife watching opportunity can be found when visitors partner with the professionals at C-Hawk Nature Tours. Fishing charters, nature tours, and bird watching excursions can be set up upon request with a company that’s explored the St. Simons Island landscape for over 20 years! Whether you’re looking to spot sea trout from above the waves or can’t wait to pinpoint where osprey fly, a C-Hawk Nature Tour puts you in a prime position to do it all.
Cannon’s Point Preserve
Situated at 560 Cannon’s Point Road, Cannon’s Point Preserve is a prime wildlife watching destination for those visiting St. Simons Island. This sprawling area of protected land covers more than 644 acres and is open Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. The preserve hosts a boat launch as well as a maze of hiking trails, making it a popular place for bird spotters and fish enthusiasts alike. This destination hosts lush maritime forests and is a prime habitat for a variety of mammal and bird species too.
Book Your Stay Today
When you’re ready to enjoy a St. Simons Island adventure, the team at Lilmar Vacations is here to help. Don’t stress about finding just the right vacation rental to match your adventure when our team is ready and waiting to take care of the details for you. We offer guests amazing rental options that meet their needs and exceed expectations too. Reach out today to learn more about our many properties across the island and how we can help you start planning your next trip!