Preserving the natural and scenic character of St. Simons Island

St. Simons Land Trust John Gilbert Nature Trail:

One of the earliest gifts to the St. Simons Land Trust was a 40-acre marsh front property on Frederica Road, donated to the SSLT by Dorothy Gilbert in honor of her husband John. In 2006, the Land Trust, with the help of volunteers, designed and installed a half-mile nature trail through these dramatic woods. The overwhelmingly positive public response indicates the need for more protected woods and nature trails on SSI. Visit the interactive trail to learn about island history and local plant and animal life. Bridges and a boardwalk cross wetlands and lead to a viewing deck on the eastern marsh looking towards Sea Island. At the trail’s center, there is a magnificent 200-year-old oak tree aptly named “John’s Oak.”

Hike the Nature Trail!

Look for John’s Oak, a live oak tree about halfway down the trail on the left. How did live oaks get their name?

You’ll find Spanish moss hanging from live oaks and other trees. What early automaker used Spanish moss to fill the cushions of his car seats?

Check out the fiddler crabs scurrying throughout the salt marsh. Which crab (male or female) has one claw that’s bigger than the other?


Open Daily • Sunrise – Sunset. Free for all.

After visiting the Nature Trail, stop by the St. Simons Land Trust office at 1624 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island, to get your passport stamp.