Oprah Loves Kingsland, and So Will You!

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Kingsland, Georgia, is on the southeast coast 100 miles from Savannah and 77 miles from St. Augustine, Florida. The terrain features winding rivers, dense marshlands, tidal creeks and marsh grass. Among these natural splendors are wildlife and challenging golf courses. There is no end to the fascinating things to do and see for the entire family. Add to that the famous southern hospitality and delicious food, and you will understand why Oprah loves Kingsland. 

Kingsland Highlights

Kingsland is overflowing with restaurants of abundant diversity. There is, of course, excellent southern fare, but there are also ethnic eateries featuring foods from many different countries and styles – as well as a selection of everything from casual barbecue joints to elegant, fine-dining establishments. Although food in the south is always a highlight, there is much more to Kingsland than just good eating. 

Cumberland Island

The Cumberland Island National Seashore is the largest and southernmost of the Georgia barrier islands. The island offers 17 miles of white, sandy beaches, wild horses and other wildlife that roam as they please throughout the ruins and along the shore.

The famous ruins on the island are part of the historic district and include ruins of mansions and grounds owned by several families that are significant in American history. 

  • The Dungeness mansion was first built by James Oglethorpe, the founder of the colony of Georgia, in 1736 as a hunting lodge.
  • Plum Orchard Mansion, of the Carnegie family famous for their steel empire, was built in 1898 as a wedding gift for George Lauder Carnegie and Margaret Thaw. The mansion was the couple’s winter residence until George’s death in 1921. It remains a grand example of Edwardian high society at the turn of the 20th century.

Okefenokee Swamp

Okefenokee is an unspoiled wilderness covering over 400,000 acres with canals, mossy cypress trees and lily pads. This terrain provides a haven for hundreds of species of birds and wildlife. It is continuously changing due to the elements and is preserved by the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge created in 1937.

You can tour this magnificent natural wonder on your own or with one of the many knowledgeable guides by kayak, canoe, on foot or by bicycle. 

St. Mary’s History Walk

This historic walk was initiated with a celebration of the 1812 Bicentennial Commemorative Event in January of 2015. The site includes an impressive gateway entrance and 24 interpretative panels on the history of St. Mary’s and Cumberland Island.

You will learn about the ship-building industry of the region, the life and times of the Timucua Indians from the 1500s, and gain insight into the importance of this particular location on the Georgia Coast. 

Golf

For golfers, there are some excellent and challenging courses, with one course in Kingsland itself and others within 12 miles of the center of downtown. These are public courses with 18 holes, all par 72.

  • Laurel Island Links course is in Kingsland. It is the longest of any of the courses at 7,011 yards.
  • Trident Lakes Golf Course is 10 miles from the center of Kingsland and at 6,575 yards is the shortest of the three courses.
  • Sanctuary Golf Club is a short drive from Jekyll Island and encompasses 7,003 yards of golfing greens.

While Kingsland, Georgia, is a wonderful place for all ages to visit, is it also a wonderful place to live. The expert Landmark 24 Homes community developers have a new community in nearby Brunswick, Georgia, perfect for the active family lifestyle. Consider the golfing communities of Fairway’s Edge in Kingsland and Sanctuary Cove in Waverly, GA, where you can enjoy a game of golf right outside your front door.  With an ample variety of home styles, floor plans and amenities, there truly is something here for everybody right next to the city Oprah dubbed “Lovetown, USA.”

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