St. Simons Island is the largest of the Golden Isles. It is about 10 miles between Pier Village and Cannon’s Point. There are winding island streets, lovely beaches, two villages, and 30 miles of bike paths. The best places to run on St. Simons Island are:
East Beach. A lovely beach for running, generally with hard packed sand. It is about 2.5 miles from one end to the other, starting at the lighthouse. Southern end near Pier Village is best at low tide. Coast Guard Station is the widest point.
Ocean Blvd. A pleasant bike path/sidewalk runs for 2.5 miles along this road. We recommend exploring the prettier side streets around the village and those leading to East Beach.
Pier Village. Very pretty side streets with moss-draped oaks and pretty homes. Nicest streets are: **
Avenue of the Oaks/Kings Way. Lovely tree-shaded path for 2.5 miles from Neptune Park to Torras Causeway. Start at Seaside Golf Course and run the 1 mile along Canary Dr., and then Kings Ln., the ‘Avenue of the Oaks’. Then continue along Kings Way for another 1.5 miles if you like.
Frederica Rd./Residential Neighborhoods. If you want a long straight run, there’s a path that runs for 6.5 miles from Kings Way to Fort Frederica. It’s 1 mile to Redfern Village, 3 miles to Sea Island Rd. and the Inn at Sea Island, and then another 3.5 miles to Fort Frederica. The side streets off Frederica past Sea Island Dr. around the Sea Palms Golf Course are lovely for running. The section on Lawrence Rd. toward Little St. Simons is a not as interesting.
Sea Island Rd. There’s a pleasant path along the road from the intersection of Frederica Rd. to the entrance of Sea Island, about 1.6 miles.
FJ Torras Causeway. It is 4.4 miles between Brunswick and St. Simons Island. There is a path suitable for running, but the road is sort of a highway. Note that it is very exposed as well.
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