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Cumberland Island National Seashore
Copyright: - US National Park Service
Cumberland Island National Seashore
Description - Cumberland Island National Seashore, located in southeastern Georgia on the coast, features 17.5 miles of beach 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. Cumberland Island features visitor centers, museum, miles of trails, and guided programs.

Recreation - Recommended activities include guided programs, hiking, birding, visiting historic sites, shelling, fishing, bicycling, camping, picnicking, swimming, and sightseeing.

Climate - Summers (May through September) are hot and humid. Winters are generally short and mild with variable precipitation and occasional "northeasters."

Location - St. Marys, Georgia, is located approximately 8 miles east of Interstate 95, 45 miles south of Brunswick, Georgia and 32 miles north of Jacksonville, Florida. Georgia State Road 40 is a direct route from 1-95 to the NPS visitor center in downtown St. Marys on the waterfront.

Transportation to the island: Cumberland Island is located 7 miles east of St. Marys, Georgia, and is accessible by a concession operated passenger ferry. From March 1 through September 30 the ferry departs St. Marys at 9:00 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., and departs from Cumberland Island at 10:15 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday there is a 2:45 p.m. departure from the island. From October 1 through the end of February, the ferry does not run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and there is no 2:45 departure from the island. The ferry does not transport pets, bicycles, or cars. For Reservations call (912) 882-4335.

Small private boats may dock at Sea Camp and larger vessels may anchor off Sea Camp and dock a dinghy. Other than our concession ferry/charter service, all commercial transportation is prohibited.

In Park: Visitors to the island generally walk throughout the island. Bicycles are permitted on the island, from the south end up to the wilderness boundary north of Stafford. Visitors may encounter vehicles on the island. The island residents and their guests are permitted to drive vehicles on historic roadways. Park operations also require vehicles. Special programs may include van transportation on the island.


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Filed By: jeremy warren (newnan, GA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: great island. Our group of 4 camped out in the wilderness at Stafford Beach. Its about a 4 mile hike but completely worth it. You get about 3 miles of beach both ways all to yourself. It is very hot under the canopy in the summer. Very beautiful island to visit. If you camp at Stafford you probably won't see more than 5 or 6 people and won't have to camp next to anyone. Highly recommended.

Filed By: marilyn gibson (stearns, ky)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: cumberland island is great my sister & i are going again this april 2004 we love the island

Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Great Beaches and decent camping. National Park service and the "No See-ums" are excrutiating.


More Information

Contact Information:
Cumberland Island National Seashore, P.O. Box 806 , Saint Marys, GA, 31558, Phone: 912-882-4336

Additional Information:
Coastal Region - The coastal area of Georgia includes the southeastern corner of the state reaching the Atlantic Ocean. Savannah is the major city of the region and is accessible by Interstate 16 from Atlanta.
Georgia's Historic Sites -
Georgia's National Forests, Monuments and Seashores - There are two National Forests in Georgia, both headquartered in Gainesville Georgia. This section also includes the Fort Pulaski National Monument and the Cumberland Island National Seashore.

Links:
Cumberland Island National Seashore - Official agency website

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