Georgia's Colonial Coast Birding Trail

Tybee Island - North Beach

Description: Tybee Island is the northernmost barrier island on the Georgia coast. This popular vacation destination offers great birding opportunities. One of the best birding spots is located along the beach at the north end of the island.

Types of Birds: Shorebirds, gull-like birds

Best Birding Seasons: Shorebirds (fall, winter, spring), gull-like birds (all)

Specialties: Purple sandpiper, piping plover, northern gannets

Tips: This is the best place in Georgia to find purple sandpipers. Look for these birds in winter along the rocks and near the beach at high tide. Look for northern gannets, gulls and terns flying just offshore. Sandpipers, gulls and terns gather in flocks along the beach at high tide. Please do not disturb resting or nesting birds.

Fee: None

Hours: North Beach is open all day.

Telephone: (912) 786-5801

Fun Things to Do: Visit the Tybee Lighthouse, Tybee Museum and the Tybee Island Marine Science Center.

Directions: From Savannah take US 80 (Victory Drive) east approximately 12 miles. At the first traffic light on Tybee Island turn left onto North Campbell Avenue then left again on Van Horn (at dead end). Once on Van Horn, take immediate right onto Meddin Drive. The historic lighthouse is on the left and the North Beach parking lot is on the right, behind the museum and just past the corner of Meddin and Gulick Streets. See the map.