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Welcome to Georgia! Note: Georgia/South Carolina Interstate Highway # 95, also called the Purple Heart Trail.
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Point of Information - crossing the Savannah River. The Savannah River Site is located in the south eastern coastal area of the United States in the state of South Carolina. It is bordered to the west by the Savannah River and Georgia, and is close to several major cities, including Augusta, Georgia, and Savannah Georgia, Columbia, Greenville, and Charleston (SC).
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Point of Information
Crossing the Knoxboro Creek.
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Georgia state visitor information center
Access to all facilities. Note: to avoid traffic, this highway log will follow Interstate Highway #95 and then rejoin Highway #77 South to city of Savannah.
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Exit #109
Access to Highways #21 and #30. Access to Port Wentworth and city of Savannah, Georgia,. Highway #21 North access to communities of Sylvania and Millen. While in Savannah, visit the past by re-living the first days of the colony at one of the area's only surviving examples of plantation life. Take a picturesque drive up the Avenue of the Oaks to Wormsloe Historic Site and journey back in time to see how Savannah's first settlers tamed the new wilderness. Track battles from the War of 1812 and the Civil War at Old Fort Jackson, Fort Screven and Fort Pulaski. Go back in time and visit eighteenth and nineteenth-century architectural excellence at the King-Tisdell Cottage, Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, Andrew Low House, Davenport House and Owens-Thomas House. Discover our many museums to learn about the contributions of Africans to the American tapestry at the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum or visit one the South's oldest art museums, the Telfair Museum of Art.
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Exit #109 - Access to Magnolia Springs State Park - via highway # 21
Magnolia Springs State Park is known for its crystal clear springs flowing 7 million gallons of water per day and the beautiful boardwalk which spans the cool water. During warmer months, visitors may watch for alligators, turtles and other wildlife near the springs. A free, freshwater aquarium features native species, and a 28-acre lake with accessible dock are available for fishing and boating. During the Civil War, the site was called Camp Lawton and served as the worlds largest prison. Today, little remains of the prison stockade; however, the earthen breastworks which guarded it may still be seen. Facilities 1,071 Acres, 26 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites,3 Walk-in Campsites.
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Point of Information
Crossing Black Creek.
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Access to Savannah National Wildlife Refuge using Exit #109
Lodging and fuel available off highway Exit #109. Savannah NWR, consists of over 28,000 acres of freshwater marshes, tidal rivers and creeks and bottomland hardwoods. The variety of birdlife within the Lowcountry is enhanced by its location on the Atlantic Flyway. The refuge is home to a large variety of wildlife including ducks, geese, wading birds, shorebirds, American alligators, and several endangered and threatened species such as bald eagles, wood storks, manatees and shortnose sturgeon. The refuge also provides nesting areas for wood ducks, great horned owls, bald eagles, osprey and swallow-tailed kites among others.
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View from highway

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Exit #106 Jimmy De Loach Parkway
Access to Georgia Tech. Savannah Campus.
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Exit #104
Lodging, services and fuel available off highway. Access to cities of Savannah and Hilton Head. Access to Savannah International Airport.
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City of Pooler, Georgia,
Access to Mighty 8th Air Force Museum - Historic Savannah - Ogeechee Barge Canal Museum and Nature Center - Savannah Wildlife Refuge - Oglethorpe NASCAR Speedway - Colonial Coast Birding Trail - Ogeechee Outpost Canoe/Kayak.
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Exit #102
Access to Highway #80 West to communities of Statesboro, Swainsboro and Macon. Access to Tybee Beach, Tybee Island and Garden City. Access to lodging, services and fuel off highway. Access to Fort Pulaski National Monument. The defining events of Fort Pulaski occurred during the American Civil War. In April of 1862, Union troops directed rifled cannon fire at the fort breaching the southeast angle. The quick success of this experimental cannon surprised military strategists. The accuracy and range of the rifled cannon rendered brick fortifications obsolete. Immediately after capturing the fort, Union Major General David Hunter, an ardent abolitionist, ordered the release of area slaves. Many were recruited into the Union army comprising the First South Carolina Colored Regiment. The park includes scenic marsh and uplands that support a variety of animal life characteristic of southern barrier islands. White-tailed deer, alligators, and raccoons as well as resident and migratory birds grace the landscape. Tybee offers: Fort Screven, The Tybee Island Lighthouse (dated 1773), an intriguing museum, and Fort Pulaski which is just west of the island on Hwy 80.
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Exit #99B
Access to Interstate Highway #16 - West to city of Macon.
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Exit #99A
Access to Interstate Highway #16 East. Access to Savannah, Georgia.
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Exit #94
Access to campground, lodging, services and fuel off highway. Access to Highway #204 to city of Savannah; also to the Wormsole State Historic Site and the Skidaway Islands State Park. Wormsole State Historic Site. A breathtaking avenue lined with live oaks leads to the tabby ruins of Wormsloe, the colonial estate constructed by Noble Jones, one of Georgias first settlers. Nearby Attractions Historic Savannah, Ga. Skidaway Island State Park: camping Tybee Island Beaches Fort McAllister State Historic Park: camping and cottages Fort Pulaski Bonaventure Cemetery Fort Morris State Historic Site Old Fort Jackson.
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View from highway

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Point of Information
Crossing Ogeechee River. The Ogeechee River arises in the Georgia Piedmont, but the Coastal Plain contribues most to its flow. It is a 'black water' river, carrying a high load of dissolved organic carbon that imparts a 'tea' color to the water.
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Bryan County, Georgia,
Northern boundary. Bryan County. Fort Argyle, established by General Oglethorpe on the Ogeechee River, was to protect Savannah from Florida's Spaniards. It is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Also listed on the Register is Fort McAllister, a Civil War fort with the best preserved earthwork fabrications of the Confederate period. Fort Stewart, a large U.S. Army training facility, completely divides the northern and southern portions of the county. The Civil War movie Glory, starring award winning actor, Denzel Washington, was filmed in Bryan County.
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Exit #90
City of Richmond Hill. Access to Highway #44 to community of Glennville. Access to Fort McAllister - East side of highway. Access to Fort McAllister State Historic Park. Access to campgrounds on the East side of highway. Fuel available off highway. Fort McAllister State Historic Park. Located on the south bank of the Great Ogeechee River, this park is the home of the best preserved earthwork fortification of the Confederacy. The sand and mud earthworks were attacked seven times by Union ironclads, but did not fall until captured in 1864 by Gen. William T. Sherman during his infamous March to the Sea. Facilities 1,725 Acres, 65 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites, Backcountry Campsites, 3 Cottages.
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Exit #87. Access to campgrounds, lodging and services. Note: Highway #17 leaves Highway #95 at this point.
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Access to Highway #17
Note: This highway is also known as the Coastal Highway.
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Access to campgrounds
East side of highway.
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Richmond Hill
Southern limits.
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Roadside turnout
Paved, no services.
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Liberty County, Georgia,
Liberty County was created in 1777 from the colonial parishes of St. Andrews, St. James, and St. John. The land that made up these parishes was originally held by the Creek Indians. The county's name honors Lyman Hall and Button Gwinnett of Midway, who were Georgia's first delegates to the Continental Congress and signers of the Declaration of Independence.
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View from highway

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Junction of Highway #196
Access to community of McIntosh, Georgia.
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Access to community of Woodlands, Georgia,
East side of highway.
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Community of Birdhill, Georgia
Note: Liberty Trail Highway Marker.
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Roadside turnout
Picnic table available.
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City of Midway
Access to Midway business area. Access to Fort Morris Historic Site. When the Continental Congress convened in 1776, the delegates recognized the importance of a fort to protect their growing seaport from the British. Soon afterwards, a low bluff on the Medway River at Sunbury was fortified and garrisoned by 200 patriots. When the British demanded the forts surrender on November 25, 1778, the defiant Col. John McIntosh replied, Come and take it! The British refused and withdrew back to Florida. Forty-five days later, they returned with a superior force, and on January 9, 1779, Fort Morris fell after a short but heavy bombardment. Under the name of Fort Defiance, this bulwark was once again used against the British during the War of 1812. Today, visitors can stand within the earthwork remains and view scenic Saint Catherines Sound. A museum and film describe the colonial port of Sunbury and the sites history. Facilities 70 Acres, Visitor Center, Gift Shop, 7 Picnic Sites, 1-Mile Nature Trail, Pioneer Campground.
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Access to lodging
East side of highway.
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Point of Information
Crossing Cay Creek.
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Services and fuel at highway
Gas only, no diesel.
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View from highway
Note: Liberty Trail Highway marker leaves Highway #17 at this point, heading West.
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Point of Information
Crossing Riceboro Creek.
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City of Riceboro, Georgia,

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Junction of Highway #119
West access to communities of Crossroads, Georgia, and Walthourville, Georgia.
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Community of Chatman, Georgia

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Community of Retreat, Georgia

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Junction of I-95 South
Services and fuel at highway.
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Access to I-95 North
East side of highway.
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McIntosh County
Point of Information - Crossing South Newport River. McIntosh County a rural community of 9500, the area is rich in history and magnificent wetlands. Commercial fishing and forestry are the largest employers. Sapelo Island is largely state owned and protected from development. The island is a National Esturine Reserve and houses the University of Georgia Marine Institute. Attractions in McIntosh County: The Darien Welcome Center, Located on the Waterfront Park on the Darien River. Fort King George Historic Site, the first English fort in what is now Georgia, built by the British in 1721 to stem French & Spanish expansion. Sapelo Island, Harris Neck Wildlife Refuge, The Smallest Church in America, located near the South Newport River, Butler Island Rice Plantation,
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Historical marker
'Confederate Post in 1864 - Near this spot, Company F of the Third South Carolina Cavalry, Lieut. W.L. Mole commanding, was stationed during the summer of 1864. The company was on Patrol duty, guarding the Coast of the McIntosh County. On the night of August 18th, the post was attacked by Federal Troops coming up the South Newport River. Of Company F, less than 20 men escaped death or capture. Five civilian prisoners were taken also, and the Bridge over South Newport River was burned.'
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Access to Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge
7 miles East of highway. Harris Neck NWR is one of seven refuges administered by the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex. This chain of national wildlife refuges extends from Pinckney Island NWR near Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, to Wolf Island NWR near Darien, Georgia. Between these lie Savannah (the largest unit in the complex), Wassaw, Tybee, Harris Neck, and Blackbeard Island refuges.
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Access to community of Jones, Georgia
West side of highway.
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Access to campgrounds
East side of highway.
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Roadside turnout
Gravel turnout - West side of highway. Photo taken from turnout.
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Access to Pine Harbor, Georgia and Shellman Bluff, Georgia
East side of highway. Services and gas at East side of highway.
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Community of Eulonia, Georgia

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Point of Information
Crossing Sapelo Creek.
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View from highway
View from highway driving South.
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Junction of Highway #99, #57 and I-95
Access to communities of Crescent, Georgia, Valona and Meridian, Georgia, on Highway #99 East; access to communities of Townsend Georgia and Ludowici, Georgia, on Highway #57 West. Access to I-95 on the West side of highway. Access to Sapelo Island, Sapelo Island National Estuarine Sanctuary - East side of highway. Access to Altamaha Historic Scenic Byway Following State Route 99 and US 17, the Altamaha Historic Scenic Byway runs for 17 miles through McIntosh and Glynn Counties and the City of Darien. Traveling from the Sapelo Island Visitors Center to the historic Needwood Church and School, the Byway passes Fort King George, Butler Island and Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantations, the Darien waterfront, sweeping marsh views, and majestic Live Oaks draped with Spanish Moss. This Byway lets visitors explore both the rich cultural heritage and the diverse marsh ecosystems found along Georgia's coast.
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Services and fuel at highway
West side of highway.
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Access to lodging
West side of highway.
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View from highway
Darien business area. Access to Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historical Site. Junction of Highway #99 - West side of highway. Photo is view from highway driving South.
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Community of Darien, Georgia,
Access to Ft. King George State Historical Site and the Wolf Island National Wildlife Refuge. Junction of Highway #251. Access of I-95 West. From 1721 until 1736, Fort King George was the southern outpost of the British Empire in North America. A cypress blockhouse, barracks and palisaded earthen fort were constructed in 1721 by scoutmen led by Colonel John Tuscarora Jack Barnwell. Nearby Attractions, Colonial Coast Birding Trail, Georgia's Colonial Coast Travel Region, Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site, Fort Morris State Historic Site, Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve, Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge, Lewis Island Natural Area, Georgia's Golden Isles, Jekyll Island Historic District, Fort Frederica.
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Services and gas at highway
Both sides of highway.
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View from highway
View from highway driving South.
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Note: This highway is also called the 'Georgia Scenic Byway'

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Point of Information
Crossing Butler River.
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Point of Information
Crossing the Altamaha River.
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View from highway
Photo is looking West at the Altamaha River.
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Junction of Highway #99
West access to Laura S. Walker State Park. Located near the northern edge of the mysterious Okefenokee Swamp, this park is home to many fascinating creatures and plants. Walking along the lake shore and nature trail, visitors may see alligators, carnivorous pitcher plants, the shy gopher tortoise, numerous oak varieties, saw palmettos, yellow shafted flickers, warblers, owls and great blue herons. Facilities 626 Acres, 44 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites.
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Access to airport
West side of highway.
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Services and gas at highway
East side of highway.
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Chapel Crossing Road

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Access to lodging
West side of highway.
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Cypress Mill Road

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Access to I-95
Junction of Highway #303 East. Junction of Highway #25 to communities of Everett, Georgia, Mount Pleasant, Georgia and Jesup, Georgia.
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Access to lodging
West side of highway.
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Parkwood Drive

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Access to St. Simons Island and Sea Island
West side of highway. Also access to Fort Frederica National Monument Lighthouse and Coastal Museum. Fort Frederica was established in 1736 by James Oglethorpe to protect the southern boundary of his new colony of Georgia. Colonists from England, Scotland, and the Germanic states came to Frederica to support this endeavor.
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City of Brunswick, Georgia
Junction of Highway #25. Gloucester Street - West side of highway. Among its numerous assets, Brunswick is the second largest concentration of documented historic structures in Georgia. The nearby islands of St. Simons and Jekyll lure visitors with the promise of beaches, resorts, and historic sites; it has long been known as the 'Gateway to the Golden Isles.'
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Roadside turnout
Picnic area available - East side of highway.
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View from highway.
Junction of Highway #341 - East side of highway.
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View from highway
View from highway driving South.
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View from highway
Driving south.
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View from highway
View from highway driving South.
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View from highway
View from highway driving South.
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Junction of Highway #520
Also known as the Jekyll Island Causeway; access to Jekyll Island and the Jekyll Island Authority State Resort Park.
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View from highway
View from highway driving South.
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View from highway
View from highway driving South.
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Community of Fancy Bluff, Georgia

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Services and fuel off highway
Both sides of highway.
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Access to I-95 North

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Access to I-95 South
To city of Jacksonville, Florida.
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Dungeness Drive
Access to fuel off highway.
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Junction of Highway #303
Services and fuel at both sides of highway.
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Roadside turnout
Paved, no services - East side of highway.
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View from highway
Point of Information - crossing Little Satilla River. Photo view of the Little Satilla River.
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Camden County
Northern limits.
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Access to community of Spring Bluff, Georgia
East side of highway.
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Community of Waverly, Georgia
Junction of Highway #110 to community of Atkinson, Georgia. Gas and diesel at West side of highway.
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Point of Information
Crossing Waverly Creek.
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Point of Information
Crossing Little Waverly Creek.
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View from highway
View from highway driving South.
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Community of White Oak, Georgia
Junction of Highway #252 to communities of Tarboro, Georgia and Jerusalem, Georgia.
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Point of Information
Crossing Tower Swamp.
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View from highway
Point of Information - crossing Satilla Creek.
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City of Woodbine, Georgia, - Photo - Woodbine welcome highway sign
Access to Woodbine business area. Established 1873 - Home of Georgia's Offical Crawfish Festival.
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Junction of Highway #110
Access to community of Folkston, Georgia.
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Junction of Highway #25
Access to Interstate Highway #95 - East of highway.
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Point of Information
Crossing Walker Swamp.
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Point of Information
Crossing North Fork.
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Point of Information
Crossing Crooked River.
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Services and gas at highway
East side of highway.
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King Avenue
Community of Kingsland. Junction of Highway #40 - West to community of Folkston, Georgia and East to community of St. Marys, Georgia.
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Access to I-95
East side of highway.
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View from highway
Highway #17 joins I-95 South at this point.
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View from highway
View from highway driving South.
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Exit #1 - St. Marys Road
Access to Cumberland Island National Seashore.
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View from highway
Point of Information - crossing St. Marys River.
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