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Old 07-20-2014, 11:19 PM
 
Location: MD's Eastern Shore
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I don't know about that. The string of islands south of Wallops Island and north of Fishermans Island on Virginia's Eastern Shore are collectively known as the Eastern Seaboard's longest wilderness. There are no regular ferries, no bridges, no permanent residents (other than horses) on any of those islands, and no visitors at all allowed on several of the islands. So for pristine and preserved, I have to say those Virginia islands probably take it.

It seems a lot forget that VA's eastern shore actually exists. As you stated there are many isolated barrier islands that are only accessable by boat, if allowed at all. Even Assateque, just south of Ocean City, MD is a good example as it has a state park and a national seashore. The north end is only accessible by boat. The mid section can get lots of tourists though and can be quite crowded in season but in the off season it shines. There is also 11 miles to the VA border which is only accessible by permitted 4X4's following a strict one off/one on policy with maximum of 145 vehicles but the rest of Assateque from the VA border down is off limits.
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Old 07-20-2014, 11:57 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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I don't know about that. The string of islands south of Wallops Island and north of Fishermans Island on Virginia's Eastern Shore are collectively known as the Eastern Seaboard's longest wilderness. There are no regular ferries, no bridges, no permanent residents (other than horses) on any of those islands, and no visitors at all allowed on several of the islands. So for pristine and preserved, I have to say those Virginia islands probably take it.

A few islands in NC are similar, Portsmouth Island comes to mind.

I'd think Sapelo Island would be a more pristine/preserved Georgia example than Cumberland.
Nope. Sapelo has a permanent settlement (Hog Hammock) and in the last few years has seen a marked increase in private development of vacation homes, etc., as the Gullah-Geechee people have either died off, been bought out or taxed off their long-time property.

There are several other Georgia barrier islands with NO permanent residents, or just one or two "caretakers," including Wassaw, Ossabaw, and Blackbeard.

I do believe the Georgia coast is the most restricted and pristine on the Eastern Seaboard. With 120 miles of coastline and 44 publicly identified beaches, only 4 (FOUR!) are accessible by automobile.
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Old 07-21-2014, 08:13 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Nope. Sapelo has a permanent settlement (Hog Hammock) and in the last few years has seen a marked increase in private development of vacation homes, etc., as the Gullah-Geechee people have either died off, been bought out or taxed off their long-time property.

There are several other Georgia barrier islands with NO permanent residents, or just one or two "caretakers," including Wassaw, Ossabaw, and Blackbeard.

I do believe the Georgia coast is the most restricted and pristine on the Eastern Seaboard. With 120 miles of coastline and 44 publicly identified beaches, only 4 (FOUR!) are accessible by automobile.
Really there only three that are easily accessible by car. Sea Island is gated and requires a pass to get on. Furthermore, you will need YET ANOTHER pass to enter the Beach Club to access the beach.
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Old 07-21-2014, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Carrboro, NC
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Most Well Preserved and Pristine could go to Island Beach State Park in NJ. It's an untouched all natural barrier island beach and bay front with only one home, and it's the governor's bay front summer home. The island has natural dunes, dune grass, and wildlife including foxes. The beach is extremely clean, with nearly white sand and clear water. It is popular for fishing, with some beaches dedicated to fishing only. Not all beaches are legally swimmable/protected by lifeguards, so there is really a natural feel.
Cape Lookout National Seashore in NC is 56 miles of contiguous wilderness, and it contains a cape. There are islands all along the east coast that are unpopulated. Pretty much every state has at least one.
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Old 07-21-2014, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Nope. Sapelo has a permanent settlement (Hog Hammock) and in the last few years has seen a marked increase in private development of vacation homes, etc., as the Gullah-Geechee people have either died off, been bought out or taxed off their long-time property.

There are several other Georgia barrier islands with NO permanent residents, or just one or two "caretakers," including Wassaw, Ossabaw, and Blackbeard.

I do believe the Georgia coast is the most restricted and pristine on the Eastern Seaboard. With 120 miles of coastline and 44 publicly identified beaches, only 4 (FOUR!) are accessible by automobile.
That's disappointing to hear about Sapelo. Years ago, and this is the reason I mentioned it in the earlier post, you could not visit Sapelo unless you were a guest of a resident.
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Old 07-22-2014, 01:29 AM
 
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Cape Lookout National Seashore in NC is 56 miles of contiguous wilderness, and it contains a cape. There are islands all along the east coast that are unpopulated. Pretty much every state has at least one.
Exactly, that's why there probably is no clear "winner" here. I was just mentioning IBSP as another, because people tend to think of the Jersey Shore as the MTV show, rowdy crowded and built up - isn't it wonderful to have a show that is "supposed to" represent your state and its people but in reality is a huge misleading insult to us - and I wanted to point out it is not all like that by any means and is actually quite diverse, from rowdier boardwalk towns to family friendly ones, to towns that are mostly residential and quiet with almost no attractions, even restaurants, to protected state and national parks. There is nothing better than miles and miles of uninterrupted beach with no residents or anything but nature. It is so beautiul, and Island Beach is truly one of NJ's best beaches (well, there are numerous beaches on Island Beach, I should say it is one of the best stretches of beach).
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Old 07-22-2014, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Mid Atlantic USA
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Island Beach State Park is really nice. I work for an engineering company and we have access to aerial photos used for beach monitoring.

Island Beach SP:


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Old 07-22-2014, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Mid Atlantic USA
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Back in 1992 I took a ferry over to Cumberland Island, GA. It was July and it was scorching hot. I walked to the beach then up the beach. It is a very beautiful island and very large as well. I hope it is never developed. I was not a fan of the beach and water due to the nature of the ocean there with all the swamp water discoloring the ocean. But none the less the island is amazing.
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Old 07-22-2014, 11:31 AM
 
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Island Beach State Park is really nice. I work for an engineering company and we have access to aerial photos used for beach monitoring.

Island Beach SP:
Stunning shot!! I love barrier islands.
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Old 07-22-2014, 11:42 AM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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St. Simon's Island, GA.

In fact, the whole area around Brunswick is nice.

(Runner-up: Tybee Island, GA.)
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