South End Trail
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South End Trail is a beautiful and unique trail on the Island’s southernmost tip. Hiking down to Dungeness Beach, make a right and walk 1.5 miles to the trailhead. There will be a black and white marker in the dunes and it will be a two track trail for its entire duration. Enter and begin walking through the dunes as you get a rare glimpse of the beach from a little bit of elevation. This trail through the dune ecosystem is unique as it doesn’t descend into maritime forest with the cover of live oak, but instead winds through an ecosystem with more low growing plants. The trail opens up and begins going from sandy to marshy. Be prepared to bring rubber boots or not mind getting your feet muddy… it can get fairly wet in the marshy areas. However, this provides a perfect habitat for hundreds of little crabs running across the trail as you pass through. Hikers can see all the way to Amelia Island and have a stunning view of Fort Clinch and the St. Mary’s River separating Georgia from Florida. Follow the trail through the grassy low lands past several South End Ponds. The trail winds alongside the waterfront, an excellent place for bird watching.