It is well known that Jekyll Island is a barrier island among the Golden Isles of Georgia.Filming of several scenes will take place on Jekyll Island in mid-August, according to local news station Action News Jax.And it is the latest filming location for AMC’s The Walking Dead.
One of the filming locations for The Walking Dead will be Driftwood Beach, where—according to an outline filed with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources—a group of the show’s actors will find a dead body.
Serious fans of the show about survival after a zombie apocalypse can already see many of the more recognizable locations on tours around Atlanta, and now they can add this picturesque island to their television-inspired itinerary.
General James Oglethorpe named Jekyll Island after his friend the English financier Sir Joseph Jekyll in 1733.
In the 1800s, Jekyll Island became an exclusive hunting resort for the likes of the Rockefellers and the Vanderbilts, according to the island’s tourism organization.
However the island has since become open to all, and in 1947 was established as a state park in 1947.
The beach seems perfect for the show: Mangled driftwood provides both an eerie and beautiful backdrop for some zombie shenanigans.
Although the remnants of just the past couple of centuries are visible to visitors, Jekyll Island’s history goes much farther back: Native peoples called the island home millennia before Oglethorpe arrived.
Georgia offers filmmakers big incentives to film in the state. According to Action News Jax, Marvel and FOX could also be filming in the Golden Isles in the near future.
Today, Jekyll Island offers visitors historic sites, outdoor activities, wildlife watching, shopping, and more. In recent years, Georgia has spent more than $75 million on developing and revamping the island’s amenities.