CUMBERLAND ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE - ST. MARYS, GA
Cumberland Island is 17.5 miles long and totals 36,415 acres of
which 16,850 are marsh, mud flats, and tidal creeks. It is well known for its sea turtles,
abundant shore birds, dune fields, maritime forest, salt marshes, and historic structures.
About 50,000 visitors per year, the highest during March, April and May; lowest in
January. The best time to visit is October through February when visitation has slacked
off and the temperature and humidity are more pleasant.
FACILITES AND OPPORTUNITIES:
St. Marys - Mainland Visitor Information Center
St. Marys - Museum opening in early 2000
Cumberland Island - Ice House Museum and Sea Camp Visitor Center
Miles of hiking trails dot the entire island that is approximately 17.5 miles long and 1.5
to 3 miles wide. A single-lane, dirt road runs north and south the length of the island.
Self-guiding trail maps are available at both docking areas for the Dungeness historic
district and Nightingale Trail maritime forest walk.
Regularly scheduled ranger-guided walks are available year round. Educational programs for
schools are given throughout the school year. Reservations required.
All camping is limited to seven days. Campers may choose between one developed and four
primitive backcountry sites. The developed campground at Sea Camp Beach has rest rooms,
cold showers, and drinking water. Each campsite has a grill, fire ring, food cage, and
picnic table. There are no facilities in the backcountry sites and water should be
treated. Campfires are not permitted in the backcountry and portable stoves are suggested.
Backcountry sites range from 3.5 to 10.8 miles form the ferry dock. Reservations are
Tours of the historic Plum Orchard Mansion are offered the 1st Sunday of every month when
the ferry makes a special trip there for an additional $6 charge. Transportation by van
for tours of historic Plum Orchard Mansion is offered Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Reservations are required. They depart and return to Dungeness and Sea Camp. A similar
program is offered the 2nd Friday of each month to the Settlement.
There are rest rooms and drinking water in four locations on the South end of the island,
but there are no stores or restaurants. Visitors must take whatever they need with them.
Insect repellent, sunscreen, water containers, and rain gear recommended.
Other concessions, MPS-Managed Visitor Facilities and Opportunities:
The Park bookstore, operated by Eastern National and NPS, is located in the Mainland
Visitor Information Center in ST. Marys, Georgia. A wide variety of books pertaining to
the flora and fauna of coastal ecosystems and cultural history are available.
Two specially designed beach wheelchairs are available. Call in advance to reserve them.
Parking for ferry passengers is available one block west of the Park Mainland Visitor
Center in St. Marys.
International Coastal Clean up - September
Managed hunts for deers and hogs. Contact us mid-Summer for dates and details - October
Christmas Bird Count - December
Fort Caroline and Timmucuan Preserve
Fort Frederica NM
Jekyll Island (all less than an hour drive)
Day Use Fee $4.00 per person/per visit
Sea Camp Campground $4.00 per person/per day
Back Country Camping $2.00 per person/per day
Annual Day Use Permit $20.00 per person
Persons camping will also be required to purchase a day use permit.
No fee for children under 2
Golden Age passport allows the passport holder half price for day use fees
Ferry tickets are round-trip and include sales tax:
Senior Citizens (65 and older) $8.03
Children (12 and under) $6.05
Plum Orchard 1st Sunday of Month additional $6.42
Annual passes and Golden Passports do not apply to ferry ticket charges.
Visitor Center: Daily 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; closed December 25
Cumberland Island NS
P.O. Box 806
St. Marys, GA 31558
(912) 882-4335 - Reservation Line (10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mon-Fri)
(912) 882-4336 - Information Line (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily)
Materials provided by NPS
Activities & Amenities
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