Coastal Georgia boasts several historic lighthouses. Some date all the way back to the 1700s and are still in operation today. Local communities have poured funds and time into restoring these historic places so that the next generation can enjoy them as well.
Tybee Island Light Station
Perhaps the best-known lighthouse in Coastal Georgia is the Tybee Island Light Station. Located on the North Beach end of Tybee, this iconic lighthouse dates back to 1732. It has 178 stairs, which you can climb all the way to the top on a tour of the lighthouse. The view is spectacular: It’s a panoramic scene of Tybee’s North Beach!
First built in 1849, this small but attractive lighthouse can be seen best from the U.S. Highway 80 bridge driving over the Lazaretto Creek. At high tide, the tiny rock and oyster beach surrounding the lighthouse will be completely covered in water. If you’re lucky enough to kayak out to it during low tide, you can park the kayak on the beach and climb up inside the lighthouse. It’s a fun excursion kayaking over to the island to catch a glimpse at Tybee from inside Cockspur Island Lighthouse.
St. Simon's Lighthouse
An easily accessible lighthouse from downtown St. Simon’s Island, it is just an hour from Savannah and a relaxing day-trip. The first lighthouse was built in 1810, but after being destroyed in the Civil War, it was rebuilt in 1872 by one of Georgia’s most noted architects, Charles Cluskey.
Sapelo Island Lighthouse
This delightful lighthouse was erected in 1820 and is recognized most easily by its red and white candy stripe pattern. This lighthouse is best for adventurers: You'll have to journey on a 30-minute ferry ride as well as a short drive on Sapelo Island before making it there!
Cumberland Island Lighthouse
Built in 1838, few people can visit the Cumberland Island Lighthouse today unless they are residents on Cumberland Island or guests of residents. You can see the lighthouse by boat on the water, but access to it on land is restricted. The lighthouse was in service until 1915 when it was deactivated, but its historical preservation now maintained by the Little Cumberland Island Association.