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Ossabaw Island, Georgia: Address, Phone Number, Ossabaw Island Reviews: 5/5

Ossabaw Island
Islands • Nature & Wildlife Areas
The second largest barrier island on the Georgia coast.
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5 reviews
Very good

Atlanta, GA246 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
We visited Ossabaw with a group and it was the best decision we made all weekend! The boat ride was well managed and we were received at the dock by the director, Elizabeth duBose, who is friendly and knowledgeable. Her passion for the history and ecology of the island is inspirational. She led us on a short tour of the north part of the island- visiting several tabby cabins and other buildings. She also taught us about indigo and tabby construction- important elements in the history of the island. Wear comfortable gear and walking shoes. Bring a light snack, bug spray, and water.
Written October 9, 2017
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Mableton, GA326 contributions
Feb 2016 • Friends
As of one on the several barrier islands off the cost of Georgia, Ossabaw is a great place to visit. However, due to the limited access, you must plan your trip well in advance. Often trips to the island are arranged by the Ossabaw Foundation and they fill up rather quickly. On the island you will see a great variety of vegetation, tabby ruins, slave quarters and maybe even see some wild horses. Take your camera and attetive ears because the guides will overload with great information on the history of the island.
Written May 30, 2016
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madison, georgia97 contributions
Sep 2015
Ossabaw Island is rich in natural and cultural history. It is the first Georgia Heritage Preserve. You will find beautiful, pristine beaches where the shelling is amazing and you can spot sea turtle nests (in season). Wildlife abounds because there are so few people and buildings, and Sandy West has made sure the island hasn't been developed. The island has an extensive upland forest and there are all types of wetland areas. Thousands of years of history are there to be explored, from remnants of prehistoric native life, to evidence of early Spanish exploration, to plantation life (including three restored slave tabby cabins), to the days when the island was purchased by the Torrey family in the 1920s. Eleanor Torrey West, now 103 years old, sold the island to the state of Georgia (for a price well-below the value), and put lots of stipulations on the sale to keep the island protected and preserve it for artistic, cultural, educational, and scientific study/visits. She still lives on the island in the huge mansion her family built on the north side of the island. Nearby are two places for overnight guests. Check out the website for tours, daytrips, and weekend visits. Some of the boat tour companies around Tybee Island offer visits as well. If you are lucky enough to have your own boat, you can pull up to the beach and explore.
Written March 16, 2016
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Christina K
Richmond Hill, GA145 contributions
As an environmental science class, we went to the island to discuss environmental issues. This was the most informative, yet fun field trip I have ever gone on! It inspired me to explore more state parks and secluded islands
Written October 28, 2014
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Carmel, IN44 contributions
Jan 2012 • Couples
I have visited Ossabaw Island three times, twice I stayed overnight in the guest house. If you have the option, I recommend an overnight stay.

Ossabaw Island is one of 9 major barrier islands, plus 5 more, along the coast of Georgia, only 3 of the islands are accessible by bridge, access to Ossabaw is by boat. All trips there are controlled by the Ossabaw Foundation and visits need to be planned in advance through the Foundation. The simplest way is to join one of their planned trips. Ossabaw is one of the more protected and less visited barrier islands, visits are generally by small groups and centered on educational, scientific, or artistic purposes.

The Island has over 10 miles of beaches, marshes, lagoons, rivers, and lots of wildlife; boar, deer, alligators, mink, many smaller mammals and a couple hundred species of birds. The maritime forests are magnificent with huge ancient live oak draped with picturesque Spanish moss, magnolia, huge pines and a wide variety of other trees -- last week I found what I thought was a diseased tree and brought back pictures to the guest house and a naturalist with the group said, "No, that is a prickly ash." Which, of course, I had never even heard of. -- If you like adventures in nature with like minded people, Ossabaw is a great place to visit. Children 12 and over are welcome. Getting there is part of the adventure, your boat trip starts from a small marina on an inner barrier island 30 minutes south of Savannah.

If you stay overnight at the guest house the biggest bonus is you can experience sunrise and sunset on the Island, or maybe it is the camaraderie with your fellow travelers. But you should anticipate bunk beds and possibly a bunk room, or if you are in a group of four you might be in a room with 2 bunk beds. The bathrooms are more than adequate, the downstairs of the guest house is a 100 year old charmer. Some ladies are initially alarmed by the sleeping arrangements, but come away very glad they went. To find out about visits, go to the the Ossabaw Island Foundation website and then to the page "Island Access."
Written January 12, 2012
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