Post-Irma Updates in Georgia
As the official source of tourism information in the Peach State, we're constantly working to keep you up-to-date on what's happening right now in Georgia. The health and safety of our visitors is the highest priority for the entire Georgia tourism industry. We are doing everything possible to support our guests and residents to ensure they are safe following Hurricane Irma. Below you will find updates on hotels, attractions and events that have reopened or remain closed following the storm.
For lodging assistance, please call 1-800-VISIT-GA (847-4842), and an Explore Georgia staff member will assist you.
Find the nearest gas stations as you're traveling at www.georgiagasprices.com.
To help those recovering from Hurricane Irma — Making a monetary donation to a trusted, recognized relief organization is the most effective way to help those in need. Money provides organizations the flexibility to address more urgent and specialized needs, and allows resources to be funneled back into the local economy. Visit the Georgia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster website to find a list of organizations that would appreciate your donation, and learn more about these group's volunteer and donation needs.
Georgia Tourism Partners, please email updates to appear on this page to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, 12:30 p.m.
Georgia Visitor Information Centers
All of the 12 Georgia Visitor Information Centers are open regular business hours. Only the northern picnic area at the Georgia Visitor Information Center in St. Marys (I-95 North) is closed until further notice.
Georgia State Parks
The Coastal Health District and Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Resources Division, has lifted the swimming advisory for beaches in Chatham and Glynn counties. There is one exception: North Beach at Dexter Lane on Jekyll Island. Beach access is blocked, so no water testing could be performed.
The following areas are only tested once a month and have not been tested since August:
• Skidaway Narrows (Butterbean Beach) in Chatham County
• Contentment Bluff Sandbar and Dallas Bluff Sandbar in McIntosh County
• Reimolds Pasture, Sea Island North, Sea Island South, and Blythe Island Sandbar in Glynn County.
Since no testing has been performed at North Beach at Dexter Lane on Jekyll Island or at any of the areas mentioned in bullet points above, The Coastal Health District recommends you do not swim or wade in the water in those areas due to the possibility of hazards including elevated bacteria levels. Fish and other seafood caught from those areas should be thoroughly washed with fresh water and thoroughly cooked before eating as should fish or seafood caught from any waters. For more information, visit http://coastalgadnr.org/HealthyBeaches.
The Golden Isles Convention & Visitors Bureau (St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Jekyll Island, Little St. Simons Island, Brunswick) has created a document listing tourism-related businesses that have reopened. The document continues to be updated and can be viewed here.
Jekyll Island is returning to normal. Hotels, shops, restaurants, and amenities are open and welcoming guests. We invite everyone to come over and enjoy this special place and this beautiful fall weather. Visit www.jekyllisland.com/weather-alert/ for the most recent information.
The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St. Simons is open, including the oceanfront restaurant ECHO. The King and Prince Golf Course will open for play Friday, Sept. 22.
- The Welcome Center, all restaurants and shops are open.
- Lang's Marina Restaurant is open. Hours for Sept. 24-30 are: Tuesday - Friday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. & Wednesday - Saturday 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
- Adventures Up The Creek has resumed guided kayak tours in St. Marys. The Cherry Point Trail at Crooked River State Park and the salt marsh tour on the North River are both open and available.
- St. Marys Submarine Museum - closed all week
- Orange Hall - closed all week
- National Seashore Museum - closed all week
Sapelo Island is closed to non-residents until water and power have been restored.
The Sounds by the Sea concert at Neptune Park on St. Simons originally scheduled for Sept. 17 has been rescheduled for Sunday, Oct. 15.
Northeast Georgia Mountains
Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge - The Lodge, Restaurant, Visitor's Center and Day Use Areas are open. The campground is open and ready for the weekend. The phones continue to go up and down at times. The trails are closed with the exception of the Lodge trail to the Top of the Falls and the Reflection Pond to the first platform. We are still assessing some damage to the upper cabins.
Georgia residents and volunteers have banded together to support each other across the state. The Southern hospitality we have witnessed during and after Hurricane Irma is what makes our state so special. Through this real-time gallery, you can get a glimpse of what’s happening in Georgia right now.