Driftwood Beach

Wood beach
Beach View Dr, Jekyll Island, GA 31527, USA (70 miles from Savannah, GA)
Water quality

Beach amenities

  • Pet friendlyBring your little friends!
  • ParkingCar parking nearby
  • RestaurantsF&B places nearby

About this beach

Driftwood beach is on the north end of Jekyll Island, a short walk away from the Campground. You can access it from many designated access points along North Beachview Drive, where you can also park. The beach is very close to the access points’ parking lots.

I drove here from Savannah with my friend for a day trip. Great day out!

With huge scattered driftwood trees everywhere, the beach is very Instagram-friendly and it was hard to resist the urge to spend the entire day taking photos of ourselves with the trees, but alas! We were there to “switch off” and so we turned our phones to airplane mode and tried to take it all in.

It was perfect! Even though it was a sunny September Saturday afternoon, it was only us there and a couple with a dog on a leash taking photos.

We didn’t really go in the water except dip our feet in (actually very decent temperature, warm), as it didn’t look particularly appetizing - sort of unclear, and there wasn’t a lifeguard there or anything. It’s not the sort of place you’d go to for swimming.

But the walk was cool. The beach was clean and the white hard-packed sand made me think I’d quite like to return for a run there sometime... Be careful walking though, because there are lots of cute little crabs running about.

Eventually, we needed to pee and couldn’t find a toilet there, so we drove to Jekyll Island Marina (like a mile away) to use the toilet and eat, before driving back to Savannah.

I would definitely recommend this beach for a nice, relaxed walk and taking great photos. It costs $6 to enter Jekyll Island, but don’t let that put you off. It’s a very unique beach that is worth visiting, despite not having many amenities. Be organized if you intend to spend a long day there – bring your own food and drinks so that you don’t have to leave too early and you can take some sunset photos (it’s open until 10.30 pm!)

Driving time

  • 1-hour from Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1:30 from Savannah, GA
  • 4:30 from Atlanta, GA
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Driftwood Beach videos

Drone footage of driftwood beach
by K.P. Douglas
Jekyll Island Driftwood Beach Walk
Softspeak Outdoors

Weather conditions

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Beach map and directions
The beach is located in Jekyll Island, Georgia Beach View Dr, Jekyll Island, GA 31527, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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Driftwood Beach reviews and photos
Photos and descriptions belong to their authors
Driftwood Beach photo by “Spread Love & Positivity”
August 7, 2017
“Spread Love & Positivity”
This beach was incredibly beautiful📸@lonepinephoto #Driftwood #driftwoodbeach #jekyllisland #jekyllislandbeach
Driftwood Beach photo by Duc Huy Le
August 7, 2017
Duc Huy Le
#moonrise #jekyllisland #georgiacoast
Driftwood Beach photo by Gatsby Pendlebury
August 4, 2017
Gatsby Pendlebury
Explorer doggo. #corgi #corgisofinstagram #corgipuppy
Driftwood Beach photo by Ann Marie
July 22, 2017
Ann Marie
It's cool to think that we live so close to such amazing locations. Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island was just incredible to visit. We first went at high tide and then came back our last day to see the difference at low tide. It was stunning to see the change.
Driftwood Beach photo by olivia🌞🌞
August 5, 2017
The woods land on the beach waiting for the tides flushing again and again......
Driftwood Beach photo by Erika Riggi
July 28, 2017
Erika Riggi
D R I F T W O O D 🌊 B E A C H
Driftwood Beach photo by Dawson Allen
July 27, 2017
Dawson Allen
I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say this beach is pretty in-tree-guing
Driftwood Beach photo by Graham Dennis
July 29, 2017
Graham Dennis
Another shot from one of my favorite places in the world, Jekyll Island. This is driftwood beach at sunset. Used a 20 second exposure with a 6 stop ND filter. ISO 50, f/10, Nikkor 18-35 G, Nikon d750. #beach #jekyllisland #driftwoodbeach
Driftwood Beach photo by Alyssa Cecil
August 7, 2017
Alyssa Cecil
I prefer to laugh, crying gives me a headache. -Marjorie Hinkley 📷: @taylorcecil
Driftwood Beach photo by Parker Whitney
April 14, 2017
Parker Whitney
If it were up to me I'd never come home
Driftwood Beach photo by Teanna 💗
August 7, 2017
Teanna 💗
🌊 💙 ride my wave
Driftwood Beach photo by Darby Marie Demarest
August 3, 2017
Darby Marie Demarest
Just hanging around & drifting thru life🌞🤙🏼🍹🐚🐢🐊🐙:-}