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Altamaha Scenic Driving Tour
On State Route 99 and US 17, this driving tour runs for 17 miles through McIntosh and Glynn Counties and the City of Darien. You will travel from the Sapelo Island Visitors Center to the historic Needwood Church and School.

Blackbeard Island Areal ViewTour Description:
The Byway passes Fort King George, Butler Island and Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantations, the Darien waterfront, sweeping marsh views, and majestic Live Oaks draped with Spanish Moss. This Byway lets visitors explore both the rich cultural heritage and the diverse marsh ecosystems found along Georgia's coast.

The Altamaha Historic Scenic Byway displays a collage of history; from Guale Indians and 16th and 17th century Spanish missionaries to the pre-colonial occupation of Fort King George; from hardy Scottish Highland soldiers and colonists to the rice and cotton planters who succeeded them. Descendants of early African slaves who built the nineteenth-century plantations live in the area today, contributing their culture and traditions to life in communities scattered along the byway.
Fort King George at Georgia coastThe Geechee community still survives on Sapelo Island and descendants of the 177 Scottish Highlanders who first settled Darien are scattered throughout McIntosh County. Enhanced by the archaeological remnants of a long ago era, this byway adds a rich cultural and historical note to the ecological beauty found in the present. Roads Included in Byway are SR 99, McIntosh Road, SR 25 Spur and US 17.

Places to Visit in Driving Tour

Blackbeard Island National Wildlife Refuge - The refuge's 5,618 acres include maritime forest, salt marsh, freshwater marsh and beach habitat.

Fort King George in Darien GA - Georgia's oldest fort was built to defend the southern colonies from French and Spanish invaders.

Sapelo Island Visitor Center - The Sapelo Island Visitor Center serves as a major distribution point for information concerning educational opportunities, coastal ecosystems, and various tourism activities.

Bulter Island Rice Plantation - Owned at one time by one of the wealthiest plantation owners in the country, Pierce Butler of Philiadelphia, and his wife, renowned British actress, Fanny Brice Butler.

Altamaha Scenic Byway Driving Tour Map

Directions: There are 2 ways of reaching the Altamaha Historic Scenic Byway below.
Take I-95 to Exit 58 - Turn east on SR 57 - SR 57 will become SR 99 and the byway begins at the Sapelo Island Visitors Center , through areas know as Ashantilly, Ridgeville, Carnigan, and Meridian.  
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Take I-95 to Exit 49 - Turn east on SR 251 - Turn right on US 17 - The byway begins at the intersection with at the intersection of SR 99 and US 17


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