On St. Simons Island, there are few places more picturesque than the Avenue of the Oaks. Located at the southern end of the island on Retreat Avenue off of King’s Way, this living artifact of history was first planted over one hundred and fifty years ago by Anne Page King to serve as the carriage entrance to Retreat Plantation—an antebellum plantation known for the impeccable and superior quality of its sea island cotton and its fragrant, expansive flower gardens. It was once said that the scents that came from the gardens of the Retreat Plantation were so potent that sailors coming to the island could smell the flowers from their ships long before they ever reached shore.
The Avenue of the Oaks contains stunningly immense and extensive oak canopies that shade the way, where visitors can look out upon the lush, serene golf course vistas of the nearby Sea Island Golf Club, formerly the site of Retreat Plantation. Follow the scenic path of grand old oak trees by car until you reach the club; unfortunately, the club is only available to members. Driving back along the same route promises just as beautiful of a journey, as the Avenue features double-rows of the sturdy, wizened oaks.
Hours and Pricing
Travelers will be pleased to find that the Avenue of the Oaks is open all day, every day. It is also available to the public free of charge. However, as mentioned previously, the Sea Island Golf Club is available to members only; visitors to the Avenue of the Oaks are required to circle back through the path once they have reached the club at the end of the trail, which is the perfect excuse to spend more time in the Avenue! Be sure to bring your camera to capture the mystery and history of this living link to the past.
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