Cumberland Island is 17.5 miles long and
totals 36,415 acres of which 16,850 are
marsh, mud flats, and tidal creeks. The
rich with natural resources like ancient sea
turtles, wild turkeys, wild horses,
armadillos, sand dunes, maritime forests,
and salt marshes. The historic significance
of this island
is the subject of numerous books and
archeological studies. She is Cumberland
Island, the largest of Georgia’s barrier
islands, and the one most filled with
romance, history, and intrigue.
Cumberland Island National Seashore is an
American treasure. When visitors first set
foot upon the island (via the Cumberland
Queen ferry from St. Marys’ waterfront),
there is an immediate sense of awe: that
this island, like no other, should be mere
minutes from Mainland Georgia. Cumberland
Island’s past is a tantalizing story of the
Timucuan Indians, the French, the Spanish,
pirates, wars, steel magnates, and cotton
plantations. The Travel Channel named her “America’s Most
Beautiful Wilderness Beach.”
Both developed and wilderness camping is
available. Reservations are encouraged and
may be made up to six months in advance. All
camping is limited to seven days. Spring and
late fall are peak seasons. Entrance fees,
camping fees and ferry fees are additional.
Camping is limited to seven days. Back
country sites are $2.00 per person per
night. There are no facilities at the
backcountry sites and water must be treated.
Campfires are not permitted in the
backcountry and portable stoves are
suggested. The three backcountry sites range
from 5.5 to 10.5 miles from the Sea Camp
ferry dock. Sites are assigned upon arrival.
Hickory Hill: 5.5 miles from Sea Camp, in
the heart of the island, offers a
fascinating close encounter with an
intriguing interior freshwater wetland and
its wildlife. Due to being located in a
wetland area, bugs are often prevalent.
Yankee Paradise: 7.5 miles from Sea Camp,
also in the center of the island and a half
days walk to and from the Plum Orchard
Brickhill Bluff: 10.5 miles from Sea Camp,
located on the Brickhill River. A favorite
place for seeing dolphins and manatees.
Sea Camp Campground is $4.00 per person per
night. The campground at Sea Camp has
restroom facilities with cold water showers,
a small amphitheater for ranger programs,
and boardwalk access to the beach. This
campground consists of 16 individual camp
sites and two group sites. Group sites can
accommodate 10-20 people. Each campsite has
a grill, fire ring, food cage, and picnic
table. Sites are assigned upon arrival.
Stafford camp sites are $4.00 per person per
night and are located 3.5 miles from the Sea
Camp Ranger Station. Restrooms, showers, and
fire rings are available at the site. Fire
rings are on a first come first serve basis.
A total of 50 miles of hiking trails
meander through maritime forests, interior
wetlands, historic districts, marsh
ecosystems, and the beautiful beaches.
Trails are accessible only by foot. The
roadways allow vehicle and bicycle use.
Trails at the south end include Dungeness
Trail, a ranger led or self-guided walk
through the Dungeness Historic District,
River Trail(a short walk from Dungeness Dock
to Sea Camp), Nightingale Trail offers
another view of a maritime forest, while the
South End trail is an interesting collision
of ecosystems. Traveling north on the dirt
shell road, Grande Avenue takes you through
the heart of the island under a draping
canopy of live oaks, forest floors packed
with palmetto, tall stands of stately pines,
open fields, tidal creeks, fresh water
wetlands and lakes, Plum Orchard Mansion,
and culminating at the site of the First
African Baptist Church located in the
Settlement at the north end of Cumberland
Cumberland Island Websites
Cumberland Island NPS
Welcome to St Marys,
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