Driftwood Beach: where trees go to die. That sounds like a terrible byline for a terrible movie. Luckily, it isn’t entirely true. Driftwood Beach is a graveyard of hollowed stumps, branches, and trigs. It isn’t, however, the cause of their hollowing; it’s merely a beautiful beachfront with its own collection of nature-made art.
Go for the beauty, for the experience, for the sunshine and the sand between your toes. Don’t go to get a tan, to sprawl out on the sand, or to swim. You can’t do any of that. There’s a small area for a blanket, about enough room for one family, but the rest of the beach is covered with rocky and twig-littered white sand. It’s meant to be explored, both by foot and by sight. There are trails – hiking and biking – to traverse from the beach as well as the small winding roads with little traffic that Jekyll Island itself offers. Driftwood Beach makes for a great afternoon of moderate exercise and a view when erosion creates a hauntingly beautiful outcome rather than ugliness.
All that said, be wary of your surroundings. Snakes and nasty bugs hide in the brush on the way to the beach as well as in the driftwood and dead trees. I don’t know a lot about snakes other than they are gross and slithery and the beach is about the last place I want to encounter them.
– M. Ray Hall