Jekyll Island, Georgia is one of the few cities in the south that can be said to have completely embraced bicycling as a means of transportation. With just over 20 miles of bike paths, exploring the entire island via two wheels is in many ways preferable to automobile.
The paths in Jekyll are well defined, and while not entirely paved, are more than sufficient for even the most basic bicycle rider.
The varying bike routes on Jekyll also provide eclectic experience.
If dealing with limited time, or you only desire to ride a short distance, I recommend one of two rides.
Ben Fortson Parkway-Jekyll Island Club Loop
This loop begins in the free parking area just to the right of the Ben Fortson Parkway as enters the island. Cross the parkway on the designated crossing area. From there, follow the clearly marked bicycle path northeast.
This bike path continues onto a service road for a short time, before continuing onto a smooth gravel/dirt road.
Be sure to enjoy the views of the Marshes and Ponds along this trail.
Don’t Forget to Watchout for the Wildlife Too
This trail soon ends on the road running alongside the Historic Jekyll Club.
While in the area, check out Millionaire’s Row and the Jekyll Wharf
Circle around the Historic District and cross the same road that was crossed entering the historic district, only this time closer to the beach. This crossing is near the Sea Turtle Conservation Center (a great stop by the way, with bike parking on the side). Follow this path alongside one of Jekyll Island’s golf courses. This path comes out on the main beach road near the mini golf course. From here, a concrete path will continue back towards the parking lot where the loop began.
I will post another biking trail tomorrow.
For a map of biking routes on Jekyll Island check out : The Jekyll Experience Bike Map