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Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve

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1766 Landing Road SE, Sapelo Island, GA 31327
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smcdaniel wrote a review Mar 2020
Ariton, Alabama380 contributions92 helpful votes
There is a nice building at the dock but no signage telling you anything about the ferry. Saw some locals fishing and they didn't know the schedule either. Post some info if you want people to visit. We had driving 5+ hrs to see the lighthouse and island. Disappointing!!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Janet W wrote a review Aug 2019
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We decided to book a tour of Sapelo Island with JR Grovner for July 26 because we thought it would be a more informative tour than the official state tour. JR's tour cost $25 per person vs the State's tour fee of $10. The tour advertised that we would be on a small air conditioned van, and we were shocked when we were directed to a full-sized yellow school bus. Fortunately, the weather was unusually mild, because the bus had no AC. The bus was run down and dirty. The lower section of the windows was fogged over, requiring us to partially stand to see out the open top section. Other than the bus, the tour started fine. We stopped at the Hog Hammock store for a few minuets, then got back on the bus. Then, JR picked up two passengers and shuttled them to another location and back. This took about ½ hour. All this on our time and dime. The rest of the tour was OK until we got to the light house, where we were told to "make it quick." After not more than three or four minutes, JR honked the horn for us to get back on. We got back to the ferry at 11:30, with 30 minutes to wait before the ferry left. Here's the kicker: The leader of state tour is JR's mother. He simply follows her around, visiting the same sites. JR is a nice guy with a fun sense of humor, but save $15 and book the State tour.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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vacationmom56 wrote a review Jul 2019
Atlanta, Georgia206 contributions107 helpful votes
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We booked a tour through the Sapelo Island Visitor Center. It was not costly and allowed us entrance to this private / state of Georgia owned island. We did not expect to enjoy our tour so immensely. Yvonne Grovner, JR's mom, was our guide. She is a phenomenal tour guide, drove our bus like a pro, provided personal insight, as she is a resident of Hog Hammock. The ferry ride was a quick 15 min or so. We toured comfortably in an air conditioned van/bus. We were able to glimpse a deer crossing the road, a few large hawks high in the trees, and a beautifully stripped kitty outside the general store. We were allowed a tour of Reynold's mansion, and Husband loved getting to hike up the 77 steps of the lighthouse to the top. On Nannygoat Beach we found a couple of shells including a few sand dollars. We feel fortunate to have made the last minute decision to take this tour. It was well worth it.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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SandersvilleNBeyond wrote a review Jun 2019
Atlanta, Georgia96 contributions32 helpful votes
We booked a private tour on a school bus owned by Mr. Grovener Jr. He was very clearly a kind and attentive small business owner. We were personally glad to support his venture sharing his knowledge of the island/ his home with visitors. As for the tour itself, I’m not sure we learned much about the local community in the explicit sense. We were told historical facts and things that were already clear.. like the educational center teaches school groups. But that’s fine in the end? I personally enjoyed chatting a little with the locals and seeing the natural sights. We had a little local moment when we found a snake, and a science teacher came to collect him for a terrarium. Neat. Nanny Goat Beach is gorgeous and worth a trip whether you book a tour or visit independently. The length of this tour was just right as a nice morning activity. Regrettably, we could not enter the mansion on our excursion, so do not expect this entrance if you book. It was understandable and all because it was in use for an event, but maybe another time. Also, be careful of the weather. Our weather was pleasant and warm, no excessive bug friends to attack us. That’s probably not always the case.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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KMKJZ wrote a review Apr 2019
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania25 contributions14 helpful votes
We spent 2 1/2 memorable hours listening to and visualizing many aspects of the fascinating history of Sapelo Island as told by our guide, Iregene Grovner. Iregene is a 9th generation, direct descendant of the original Gullah Geechee who were seized from West Africa in the late 1700s to work as slaves on the sugar and cotton plantations. Iregene, one of the shrinking number of the Island's full time residents who live in Hog Hammock, brings both a wealth of personal knowledge and insight into every facet of the Island's rich culture. The tour included stops at buildings of the original plantations, the Island's lighthouse, the mansion of tobacco heir, R J Reynolds, the original graveyard, Behaviour Cemetery, Hog Hammock's General Store, two African Baptist churches and the community itself of Hog Hammock. While the Gullah Geehee Heritage Corridor extends from Charleston to Northern Florida, this is a treasure of Gullah history not to be missed.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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