Georgia Lighthouses

List of all lighthouses in the state of Georgia as identified by the United States Coast Guard. There are three active lights in the state including one maintained as a private aid; four are standing but inactive, and one has been replaced by an automated skeleton tower, and one destroyed by a ship collision. One tower, the second Sapelo Island Light, was moved to Michigan; the first tower on the site is still standing and was relit in 1998.

The earliest lighthouse in the state was erected in 1736; the oldest surviving tower is the Sapelo Island Light, though the present Tybee Island Light, erected in 1867, incorporates the base of its 1773 predecessor. The last lighthouse in the state, the Savannah Light, was constructed in 1964.

The lighthouses on Cumberland Island, Sapelo Island, and St. Simons Island are on the National Register of Historic Places. The Old Harbor Light in Savannah is a contributing property to a National Historic Landmark district.

If not otherwise noted, focal height and coordinates are taken from the United States Coast Guard Light List, while location and dates of activation, automation, and deactivation are taken from the United States Coast Guard Historical information site for lighthouses.

Name Image Location Year first lit Current Lens Focal Height
Cockspur Island Light Savannah 1849 (First)
1857 (Current)
Unknown 025 25 ft (7.6 m)
(Original tower)
Little Cumberland Island Light Cumberland Island 1838 None Unknown
Sapelo Island Light Sapelo Island 1820 Unknown Unknown
Sapelo Island Range
Front Light
Sapelo Island 1856 (First)
1877 (Current)
None Unknown
Old Harbor Light
(aka: Savannah Harbor Light)
Savannah 1858 Unknown 077 77 ft (23 m)
Savannah Light Savannah River 1964 None 085 85 ft (26 m)
St. Simons Island Light St. Simons Island 1810 (First)
1872 (Current)
Third-order Fresnel lens 104 104 ft (32 m)
Tybee Island Light Tybee Island 1773 (First)
1867 (Current)
First-order Fresnel 144 144 ft (44 m)
Tybee Island Range Front Light Cockspur Island 1878 None Unknown

Georgia's Lighthouses and Historic Coastal Sites:

Though the Georgia coast is a mere 110 miles long, a wealth of historic beautyŚnatural and manmadeŚlies between the Savannah and St. Mary's Rivers. The last-settled and poorest of the original thirteen colonies of the United States, Georgia is a unique combination of war-torn history and genteel character. Here you'll find stories of Civil War soldiers, pioneers and settlers, Native Americans, seafarers and pirates (including Blackbeard), and even a ghost or two.