Golden Isles

Use the following navigation to visit the main site sections

Interstate 95 & Surrounding Areas

loading photos

Interstate 95, the main Interstate highway on the east coast of the United States, also serves the coast of Georgia. Within Georgia, it begins from the south at the St. Marys River and the Florida state line and continues north past the border of South Carolina at the Savannah River. Exits 29, 36, 38 and 42 serve the Golden Isles of Georgia. At mile marker 41 between Exits 42 and 38 (southbound only), Glynn County Rest Area houses one of the Golden Isles’ Visitor Centers and is the only visitors center for the Golden Isles located on Interstate 95. Each of these exits provides weary travels with a range of lodging and dining options to recharge after a long drive.

From northern Florida to west of Savannah, Interstate 95 travels along side the U.S. 17 corridor, passing near or through marshlands, and is close to the Atlantic coastline. In Brunswick, the route traverses the south Brunswick River over the Sidney Lanier Bridge and then crosses the Altamaha River Bridge, between Glynn County and McIntosh County. This section of U.S. 17 is known as the "Gateway to historic Brunswick and the Golden Isles" because it provides access to Jekyll Island, St. Simons Island, Sea Island, and boat access to Little St. Simons Island.

Today, driving along U.S. 17 is an opportunity to slow down and take in the beautiful marshes, natural surroundings and step back in time. Along the way visit the Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation—located between Brunswick and Darien on U.S. Highway 17 (1 mile east of I-95, exit 42). This beautiful plantation represents the history and culture of Georgia’s rice coast. Walk through the preserved antebellum home, tour the grounds or hike along the Colonial Coast Birding Trail—an excellent spot to look for herons, egrets, ibis and painted buntings.