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St. Simons Land Trust


As a member of the St. Simons Land Trust, you can be sure that your dollars go to work directly in our community to preserve the scenic and natural qualities of the Island.

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St. Simons Land Trust

John Gilbert Nature Trail


One of the earliest gifts to the Land Trust was a 40-acre marsh-front property on Frederica Road, donated to the Land Trust 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 trail receives hundreds of visitors a week. Such an overwhelming response is an indicator of how great the need is on the island for more protected woods and nature trails and has encouraged the Land Trust to provide similar access to other protected properties.

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John Gilbert


Bridges and a boardwalk cross wetlands and lead to a viewing deck on the eastern marsh, looking toward Sea Island. At the trail's center, there is a magnificent 200-year-old oak tree aptly named, "John's Oak."