Darien is Georgia’s Hidden Gem of the Golden Isles.
This is where Georgia began!
Explore rivers, estuaries, islands, beaches, and natural habitats. Our coastline is home to many types of resident wildlife and birds as well as migratory species around the calendar. We boast one of the world’s largest estuarine systems swimming with seafood that is harvested locally. While we know you will find your favorite place in history, whether it be Fort King George Historic Site, Ashantilly Center or the Old Jail Art Center; our best advice is sure to be dining on local cuisine at one of our restaurants, events or festivals. Darien is conveniently located off Interstate 95, between Savannah and Brunswick, along Georgia’s scenic coast and US Highway 17. As the second oldest planned city in Georgia and the site of the first fort on Georgia soil, the city of Darien and McIntosh County have a unique blend of history and natural beauty
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Sapelo is a state-managed barrier island, the fourth largest in the chain of coastal Georgia islands between the Savannah and St. Mary's rivers. Accessible only by passenger ferry from Meridian Dock eight miles northeast of Darien, Sapelo provides a number of public access recreational, educational and lodging opportunities. For more information on Sapelo Island, please click here.
The waters of McIntosh County are known as the Fisherman's Paradise. The abundance of rivers, wild life, birds, fish, and proximity to the ocean attracts sportsmen to the area from around the world. If you are interested in a hunting or fishing guide, chartered fishing excursion, or a leisurely ride through the marshes, you will find experienced, knowledgeable boat captains and guides throughout the area. For more information, click here.
Darien and McIntosh County has some of the prettiest views in the world. The local hotels and campgrounds are conveniently located and priced with a travel budget in mind. If you would like to immerse yourself a little more in the local lifestyle, our phenomenal Bed & Breakfasts are exceptional of quality and service. If you would rather have a little more privacy for your stay, you can get a short term rental and see the area as a resident. For more information, click here.
Since its designation as a wildlife refuge in 1962, Harris Neck has served as a premier nesting, foraging, and wintering habitat for many species of wildlife. Signature species include wood storks, which nest in a large colony on Woody Pond, and the colorful and uncommon painted bunting, which favors nesting habitat in the refuge's maritime scrub areas. For more information, click here.
Darien was the second planned city in Georgia. There are 32 markers of historic sites near Darien and 42 markers in McIntosh County. Fort King George, Vernon Square, and the Christ Church are but a small sample of these.