The Hostel in
the Forest in Brunswick, Georgia
The Hostel in the Forest has operated as an International
Youth Hostel for 35 years. It is world renowned for our
geodesic domes and 9 tree houses, which were built and have
been sustained entirely by volunteers. Hundreds of loving
hands have gone into making the Hostel what it is today, a
fact that is evident as soon as one steps on the property.
The Hostel sits on 133 acres of forest and wetlands, 2
miles from H.W.95 in Brunswick, Georgia. It is located short
distances from the famous “Golden Isles” of St. Simons
Island and Jekyll Island. There are also many prisitne
coastal barrier islands including the famous Cumberland
National Seashore close by.
The area is unique in every way, with lush, dense
sub-tropical forests containing palms, saw palmettos,
magnolia, cedar, holly, pine, and myrtle. Huge live oaks
draped with moss contrast with the broadleaf evergreens that
are the dominant trees of the forest. Well over three
hundred species of birds visit this coastal region annually
and dozens of species of reptile and amphibian make this
their home. Contrasting the forests and the coastal
savannahs are the wetlands and swamps where alligators,
river otters and wading birds are prolific.
First visit frequently answered questions
The Hostel is a membership organization, you must become
a member of The Hostel in order to stay.
The cost is $25 per night per person.
We can not accept reservations by email – please call
You MUST bring a legal photo ID.
The Hostel no longer provides trash/recycling
collection, so we ask our members to keep any trash,
packaging, and recycling they generate in their time
here with their belongings, and to take it with them
when they go. Remember, if you pack it in, you must pack
Upon arrival you MUST sign the membership agreement form
Call the day before to confirm your reservation or we
may not be able to accommodate you.
There is no heating or cooling in the tree houses.
We only accept cash and travel checks.
No pets – no exceptions.
Check in time 11:30am – 7pm.
You may stay for up to 3 nights.
A vegetarian family style meal is prepared each evening
by staff and guests. Food donations are always welcome.,
guests provide their own breakfast and lunch.
We have a full kitchen for you to use.
We provide organic fairtrade coffee for a small
You need to read the requirements page before making a
Hostel in the Forest
3901 U.S. 82
Brunswick, GA 31523
Phone: (912) 264-9738