Sapelo Island is a state-protected, barrier island on the lower coast of Georgia. It is only accessible by aircraft or the primary trolley that takes the 7 mile trip twice a day.
The southern end of the island is where the main building, the Reynolds Mansion, which is also a state park, was built and is owned by the state of Georgia. The island also has a privately owned airstrip, but you must be cleared by the state to fly and land there.
The community on Sapelo Island is called "Hog Hammock" which consists of a few small houses, a small general store, a bar, a public library and other small business for vacation rentals and such. This is the only place on the island where there is civilization and this is also where you will first arrive when getting off of the ferry.
The population of the island is only 47 as of 2009. Everything they need is either transported from the mainland, or purchased in the small general store. Kids on the island must take the 20 minute ferry trip back to the mainland, then ride a bus to the school. There is also 2 Baptist churches on the island which were both established in the 1800's
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources offers tours several days a week. These can be booked through the Sapelo Island Visitor Center. Many island residents offer private tours, which can often be customized to fit the interests of individual tourists. A state campground is also available to groups of 15 to 25 people on Cabretta Island, adjacent to Sapelo Island.