Darien, GA, USA

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Darien, GA, USA

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Gaelic ghosts in historic Darien

Little Darien, surrounded by the winding courses of the Altamaha River, is a place steeped in history. Its story goes all the way back to the days of English colonization on the Eastern Seaboard, when Gaelic soldiers from Scotland were posted here to establish a fortification to hold back Spanish interests in the region. You can still come face-to-face with the crumbling remains of old warehouses from the 1800s, and see the timber keeps of Fort King George. Darien vacation rentals are also your ticket to pretty Sapelo Island, a land of beaches, wetlands, and elegant ancestral homes.

History on the riverways of Darien

History is the main drawcard of Darien. It's packed with awesome heritage sites and listed National Historic Districts. Loads of locals offer guided tours of the lichen-spotted colonial fortresses, the remains of the downtown depots, and the crumbling sugar mills over on Sapelo Island – each reveal something about another epoch in the town's long past. And once all that's done, you can hit the Altamaha River on kayaks, go fishing in the nearby reserves, cycle your way along the creeks, or do eco excursions through the flooded forests that pepper the coast.

Explore ancient fortresses in Darien

Darien's number one historic site also happens to be one of its oldest. You'll see it beautifully preserved on the eastern edge of town, rising in a series of timber-clad keeps and bulwarks against the creeks. It's the Fort King George Historic Site, now a living history museum that dates all the way back to the 1720s. The journey into the GA past continues over at the Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site, which comes packed with whitewashed postbellum farmhouses and ringed by birding trails inhabited by herons.

See Georgia in bloom in Darien

Subtropical Georgia and this whole section of the Eastern Seaboard can get pretty darn hot during the summer months from June to August, which is great news if you're seeking out Darien vacation rentals to hit the resorts of Sea Island or walk the inlets of Sapelo Island. If you'd prefer to dodge the high humidity, March to May could just be the perfect choice. You'll find the countryside in full bloom then, and you're likely to get fewer people crowding up the colonial forts.

Darien offers coastline and rivers galore

Darien is surrounded on three sides with protected reserves. In fact, some Darien vacation rentals will put you within walking distance of the wetlands and tupelo swamps of the Altamaha Wildlife Management Area, which spreads over nearly 30,000 acres of land just a stone's throw from the historic center, packed with creeks and babbling streams aplenty. Another park exists just to the east, sprawling out along the Atlantic coast with the Sapelo Island Wildlife Management Area. There, you'll find sandy dunes, beaches, birding outposts, and campgrounds.