Designated a National Wildlife Refuge in 1969, Wassaw Island has a quieter reputation than nearby Sapelo or Cumberland. Its 10,053 acres are a haven for birdwatching—egrets and herons are plentiful in the summer—and hiking. Visitors can trek along 20 miles of dirt roads or seven miles of beach. Companies like Sundial Charters offer tours that include dolphin viewing and beachcombing, and Sea Kayak Georgia takes visitors paddling through prime surf spots.
This article originally appeared in our May 2015 issue.