Coastal Twist on Leaf Peeping
“Leaf peeping” is an informal term used for visitors who travel to view and photograph fall foliage. Travelers typically think of places in the New England or Pacific Northwest area for foliage tours. Jekyll Island has a coastal twist on leaf peeping that will make you rethink your travel plans this fall!
Visitors won’t want to miss the arrival of butterflies! Jekyll Island begins to see an increased migration of monarchs and other species when temperatures start to drop, and they bring with it a unique twist to the coastal fall color palette.
2. Muhly Grass
Native muhly grass, also known as sweet grass, brings a different shade of fall color to the island. A sure sign of fall is the beautiful pinkish-purple eruption of muhly grass around the island. Don’t miss the vibrant colors!
A symphony of colors comes together for their final act as the island is put to bed with some of the most beautiful sunsets in the south. And just when you think it’s over red and orange hues linger for one last look.
4. Migratory Birds
Jekyll Island is a paradise for birds and bird lovers alike. Vibrant colors swirl when watching for yellow-throated warblers, a wood thrush, or scarlet tanagers. These birds feature some of the most eye-catching colors with buttery yellow plumage, in one of the most unforgettable settings, the coastal maritime forest.
5. Golden Marsh
The brilliant hue of Spartina alterniflora in fall gives the Golden Isles its name. Driving onto or around the island, guests cannot help but be swept away by the variety of colors reflecting off the water when looking out into the marsh.