Georgia Barrier Islands
As I look back on my paddle up the Atlantic Coast, one part of the coastline that really stood out as special and very unique was the Georgia barrier islands. You get to these islands immediately after leaving the coast of Florida with the vary impressive and wild Cumberland Island first to greet you. As part of the national seashore, Cumberland is home to beautiful dunes, wild animals and some people. While it is raw and remote, the presence of the park service and other visitors diminishes its sense of wildness. Moving up the coast from Cumberland, the islands get more barren and more remote all the way up to Tybee, where civilization begins to take form once again. I loved paddling these islands, their remoteness made you feel as if you and you alone were there to enjoy their magic. Campsites were easy to find and make. Nights were filled with immense displays of sky and stars, yours alone to view. Often, these islands showed no signs of other visitors, making you feel as if you were in a very distant and remote location, while at the same time, the back side, bounded by the Inter coastal Waterway, was busy with North South boating activitiy. If I were to recommend a favorite spot to paddle in the south, the Georgial barrier islands would be tops on my list.