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Cumberland Island

A visit to Cumberland Island is a trip back to a time when genteel manners, whinnying horses and the soothing rhythm of surf prevailed. The island’s 17 miles of secluded, white, sandy beaches provide a refuge for wild horses, abundant wildlife and vacationers alike. The island is accessible only by ferry service from St. Mary’s, Georgia, or with the Greyfield Inn ferry from Fernandina Beach.

Evidence of a more sophisticated lifestyle is very visible once you arrive on Cumberland Island. The Carnegie family’s grand influence still stirs the imagination as guests explore the ruins of Dungeness, abandoned luxury vehicles and Plum Orchard. The island is a complex ecological system of interdependent plant and animal communities. A system of fore dunes protects their inner dune meadow and shrub thickets while a canopy of live oak trees stretches out beyond the back dunes. In the central and northern areas of the island, pine trees tower over mixed hardwood forests. On the western side, saltwater marshes pulse with the tidal flow.

Since Cumberland is accessible only by ferry or by private boat, visitors should plan well in advance for transportation to the island. Book passage on the park service ferry in St. Mary’s, Georgia, several weeks in advance since the park allows a maximum of only 300 people on the island at any one time. Both ferry and camping require reservations. Without ferry reservations, plan to arrive very early in the day to be placed on a waiting list. Prices are $20.00/adult, $14.00/child 12 and under, $18.00/senior, 65 and over. No pets are allowed on the ferry. The reservation lines are open Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 912.882.4335 or 877.860.6787. For information on reservations, visit http://www.nps.gov/cuis/planyourvisit/feesandreservations.htm.


Biking »

Enjoy the many biking paths on Cumberland Island’s scenic routes. Learn more »

Bird Watching

Bird Watching »

Learn the secrets of spotting Cumberland’s beautiful birds. Learn more »


Camping »

Cumberland’s camping options are for both the brave and the brave at heart. Learn more »


Fishing »

Remember that Cumberland Island is a federal seashore, but is governed by Georgia state fishing restrictions. Learn more »


Hiking »

Cumberland Island offers very long — and much shorter — trails for hiking. Learn more »

Historical Significance

Historical Significance »

Discover the long history of the island as you explore Cumberland. Learn more »


Kayaking »

Kayaking at Cumberland Island takes planning, but is worth the effort. Learn more »

Nature Walk

Nature Walk »

Take a nature walk and learn about Cumberland Island’s Flora & Fauna. Learn more »

Photo Spots

Photo Spots »

Looking for the perfect photo opportunity? These spots show you where to capture the moments. Learn more »


Picnicking »

Enjoy many picnicking sites all over Cumberland Island. Learn more »

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Drive Time:

  • Jacksonville 45 min
  • St Augustine 1 hr 30 min
  • Savannah 2 hrs
  • Orlando 3 hrs
  • Tampa 4 hrs
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