Start receiving our award-winning magazine today!

Subscribe

Georgia

Carr's Island Preserve

Once the site of a rice plantation, Carr’s Island Preserve now features marshes and cypress forests.




Open to the Public

Yes

Plan Your Visit

Carr’s Island is open to the public during daylight hours without a reservation. View All

Just west of Interstate 95 in Glynn County, Georgia, Carr’s Island represents the range of natural and cultural diversity that exists in the lower Altamaha River. Converted to a rice plantation in the 1760s, the 367-acre island is now dominated by two related natural communities – freshwater marsh and tidal freshwater tupelo cypress.

Remnants of abandoned rice fields are now tidal freshwater marshes filled with wild rice, cut grass, and beautiful false dragonhead, a threatened plant in Georgia. In some places, these marshes have reverted to the island’s original freshwater tidal cypress-tupelo forests, where sweetbay, red maple, and swamp rose grow. This combination of forest, marsh, and tidal waters supports diverse and vibrant plant and animal communities.

Donated to The Nature Conservancy in 1996 by the Jones family, Carr’s Island is managed as a natural and interpretative area and remains a special place for people to enjoy and respect some of the Altamaha River’s natural treasures. Though access to Carr’s Island Preserve is remote and possible only by means of boat, the Conservancy has established canoe trails, allowing visitor to experience the beauty and diversity of this swamp and marsh island.

Animals At Risk
Plants at Risk
  • False dragonhead
Ecosystems at Risk
  • Tiidal freshwater marsh
  • Cypress-tupelo forest
If You Go

Carr’s Island is open to the public during daylight hours without a reservation. Not ADA accessible. It can only be accessed by a boat launch ramp. This boat access point is from the Wildlife Management Area.

Contact

Southeast Georgia Conservation Office
U.S. Hwy 17 South - Butler Island
Darien, GA 31305
(912) 437-2161

Share your photos or comments with us by visiting our Comments section, by calling (404) 873-6946 or emailing tncgeorgia@tnc.org.

Discussion

Have you been to this preserve? Are you thinking of visiting? See what others are saying about their experiences and add your comments below.

Add Your Comments

Time for you to join the discussion. Tell us about your experience at this preserve. What plants and animals did you see? When did you go? You can help others plan their visit when you share your thoughts. And thank you for visiting one of our nature preserves!

comments powered by Disqus



Read our guidelines on posting comments




We’re Accountable

The Nature Conservancy makes careful use of your support.

More Ratings

x animal

Sign up for Nature eNews!

Sign Up for Nature e-News

Get our e-newsletter filled with eco-tips and info on the places you care about most.

Thank you for joining our online community!

We’ll be in touch soon with more Nature Conservancy news, updates and exciting stories.

Please leave this field empty

We respect your privacy. The Nature Conservancy will not sell, rent or exchange your e-mail address. Read our full privacy policy for more information. By submitting this form, you agree to the Nature.org terms of use.