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Kingsland Travel Guide: 4 reviews and 4 photos

Small towns in a suburan transition

Both Kingsland and St. Marys, its neighboring waterfront neighbor, are quaint little Southern towns with quiet neighborhoods and old-fashioned “Main Street” downtowns situated just north of the Florida border in coastal Camden County, Georgia. Both would probably have remained unassuming towns if it were not for the fact that they straddle a very strategic location, sitting not only across the border from Florida but also separated from each other by Interstate 95, a busy six-lane highway that funnels hordes of sun-seeking tourists to and from the vacationlands that make Florida famous. The towns themselves are linked together by a commercial highway that sports roadside accommodations, restaurants, and service stations, some doubling as Georgia “welcome centers” with their maps, trinket souvenirs, and “cheap” gas.

In addition to being a draw for tourist dollars, Interstate 95 also benefits the residents of these towns by providing quick access to the Jacksonville metropolitan area and its many employment and recreational offerings. A friend of mine actually moved to Kingsland several years ago, which gave me a chance to actually see what these two towns are like beyond the interstate corridor.

For those interested in visiting the area, it is worth noting that St. Marys also has a quaint area along the St. Marys River waterfront offering views of Florida across the way. From here, tourists may be interested in taking a ferry to nearby
Cumberland Island National Seashore. Cumberland Island is known for its unspoiled beaches and wild horses, but I have not been there myself. The Navy’s Kings Bay nuclear submarine base is also located in St. Marys.


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