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She’s 17.5 miles long and totals 36,415 acres of which 16,850 are marsh, mud flats, and tidal creeks. She’s rich with natural resources like ancient sea turtles, wild turkeys, wild horses, armadillos, sand dunes, maritime forests, and salt marshes. Her historic significance 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. Her present is an extraordinary portrait of natural beauty, so much so that the Travel Channel named her “America’s Most Beautiful Wilderness Beach.”

   
 

Her fame spread internationally when, in 1996, JFK, Jr. wed there in the tiny First African Baptist Church. She is an island of pristine sandy beaches and ancient oak canopies. She is an island of grandeur made richer by the voices of her past that beckon. You will come to her, perhaps, in search of quiet splendor. And you will leave with a mystical sense of wonder that will live in your heart for years to come.

St. Marys is the Gateway to spectacular Cumberland Island. From the dock of St. Marys’ Waterfront, visitors board the Cumberland Lady for camping or day trips to enjoy swimming, shelling, fishing, wild horses, loggerhead sea turtles and much more on 17 miles of
pristine white sandy beaches.

 

Cumberland Island Ferrymore info

FERRY TO CUMBERLAND ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE
Adults: $20
Senior Citizens: $18
Children 12 & under: $14
Park User Fee: $4
Reservations
877-860-6787
912-882-4335


Ticketed guests must check-in at the Cumberland Island Visitors Center a minimum of 30 minutes prior to departure.

SPRING, SUMMER & FALL SCHEDULE
7 days a week March 1st thru November 30th

Leave St. Marys 9:00 am
& 11:45 am

Arrive Cumberland 9:45 am
& 12:30 pm

Leave Cumberland 10:15 am
& 4:45 pm

Arrive St. Marys 11:00 am
& 5:30 pm

In Addition Wednesday - Saturday
2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
The 2:45 Ferry does not run
Oct. 1 thru February 28/29.

WINTER SCHEDULE
5 days a week December 1st thru February 28th

Leave St. Marys 9:00 am
& 11:45 am

Arrive Cumberland 9:45 am
& 12:30 pm

Leave Cumberland 10:15 am
& 4:45 pm

Arrive St. Marys 11:00 am
& 5:30 pm

Scheduled Trips Thursday Thru Monday. No scheduled runs Tuesday & Wednesday.

What to carry
There are no stores on the island. Local businesses carry sandwiches, snacks, beverages, and souvenirs (T-shirts and caps). Day and overnight visitors should consider food, drinks, suntan lotion, walking shoes, rain gear, and sunglasses. No pets or bikes allowed on the ferry.
Camping, Fishing Surf or Sound
Fishing License is required. Red bass, sea trout, blue fish croaker and drum. Light tackle only. Camping - Reservations required. Trail maps available. Limited to 7 days. Developed campgrounds: restrooms, cold water showers, drinking water, campfires permitted. Back Country Camps with drinking water, no other facilities, no campfires, portable stove necessary. Georgia fishing license can be purchased in St Marys.
Activities
Explore beach and live oak forest, view birds and wildlife, visit historical sites and swimming (no lifeguards). Ranger conducted activities in peak season. Special programs for groups arranged in advance. Walking only, no vehicles available.

 

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