Along the Georgia seacoast between Savannah and Jacksonville, the city of Brunswick and four barrier islands make up what’s referred to as The Golden Isles.: St. Simon’s, Little St. Simons, Jekyll, and Sea Island. Cumberland Island is the southernmost of the barrier islands and is only accessible by ferry.
Running in the Golden Isles is a treat. There are wonderful bike paths, some of the best beaches for running on the east coast, and streets shaded by moss-draped oaks and lined with historic homes and resorts.
St. Simons and Jekyll Island are the the two most publicly accessible of the islands. Little St. Simons is only reachable by boat. Sea Island is privately owned, and one must be a member or a guest of one of the two major resorts. Cumberland Island is gorgeous but more remote. Our approach here is to provide a guide to the best places to run on each island.