Cumberland Island National Seashore Outing

Cumberland Island is Georgia's largest and southernmost barrier island. Pristine maritime forests, undeveloped beaches and wide marshes whisper the stories of both man and nature. Walk in the footsteps of early natives, missionaries, enslaved Africans and African Americans and Wealthy Industrialists. Cumberland Island is also home to over 9,800 acres of Congressionally designated Wilderness. Visitors get to Cumberland Island aboard one of the Cumberland Island Ferry boats which departs St. Marys at 9:00am and 11:45am and departs Cumberland at 10:15am, 2:45pm, and 4:45pm. The ferry does not transport pets, bicycles, kayaks, or cars. We have some options on what to do once we arrive, but I thought we would take the Dungeness Trail through the Dungeness Historic District, as well as exploring the short River Trail, before making our way north along the Parallel Trail to get to Little Greyfield Beach.

You can view the trail map here: http://www.nps.gov/cuis/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&pageid=516927

The ferry fee is $20 for an adult and we will catch the 9:00am ferry. YOU MUST MAKE A FERRY RESERVATION IN ADVANCE BY CALLING[masked] OR[masked], or go to http://www.nps.gov/cuis/upload/Fax-Form-Updated-3-27-12.pdf to get the reservation form to fax.

The park also charges a $4 entrance fee.

For a lot more information, please visit the official website: http://www.nps.gov/cuis/index.htm

You can get directions to the Cumberland Island Visitor Center in St. Mary’s here: http://goo.gl/maps/ZL6Ds

We will meet in the front of the Panera Bread located at 4403 Roosevelt Blvd and figure out carpooling needs. The drive to the hike will be about 90 miles round trip and we will share the cost of gas. Bring bug spray, water, sun block and food. We will probably return on the 2:45pm ferry.

WE MUST ARRIVE 30 MINUTES EARLY AND THE DRIVE TAKES APPROXIMATELY 50 MINUTES SO WE MUST DEPART PROMPTLY AT 7:30AM.

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  • Cheryl D.

    Perfect day! Hiked north on the Parallel Trail. Got as far as the second crossroad which lead out to the northern part of Grayfield Beach beach. Followed it out and did see horseshoe crabs as you had spoken about.. The trail looked a lot like the trail we had hiked through the hammock. Feel I would really need a bike to see the part of the island that lies to the north. At 4:00 Rene spoke to the people who were assembled on the porch of the visitor center at Sea Camp Dock waiting for the ferry ride back to St Mary. This time she spoke about the wildlife on the island in detail. I really enjoyed her.
    It is such a beautiful and peaceful place to visit. Thank you again, Joe, for a wonderful day.

    May 10, 2014

  • Joseph P.

    It was a beautiful day on the island. Loved it!

    May 10, 2014

  • Cheryl D.

    Thanks, Joe. See you soon.

    May 10, 2014

  • Cheryl D.

    Joe, I plan to meet you at the ferry at St Mary. Don't wait for me at Panera Bread. Is there a place at the ferry that would be good to meet? I've never been there.
    Cheryl

    May 9, 2014

    • Joseph P.

      We can meet at the visitor center where you check in, or at the dock where everybody gathers to wait for boarding. I'm sure we'll see each other.

      May 10, 2014

  • John B.

    I was really looking forward to this, but, as I have tried every weekday for the last 8 with multiple calls to the reservation line and being put on hold for up to 50 minutes each time... I did not get a reservation for the ferry... so hopefully next time.

    May 9, 2014

  • Scott S.

    i live in Fernandina Beach and would love to go, but am short on funds. enjoy everyone!

    May 9, 2014

  • Cheryl D.

    HI Joe,
    My mistake about the ferry time. I am reserved on the 9:00am ferry from St Mary. Reserved on the 4:45 pm ferry to return. Should I bring food or is there food available on the island? I am very excited.
    See you then!
    Cheryl

    May 9, 2014

    • Joseph P.

      You can probably board the earlier ferry if you want. There is usually room. It'll be up to you, probably. There's no food on the island (at least the area we'll be in) so bring food and water.

      May 9, 2014

  • Cheryl D.

    Hi Joe,
    May have waited too long to make a reservation on the ferry. Tried to call this morning while out and the wait was 20 minutes to speak to someone. Gave up then. When I got home called again the wait is now 40 minutes but I plan to do it. Doubtful if I will get a spot. Maybe I can come as Jorge! I'll let you know when I get through if I will have a place on the 8:00 ferry.
    Sorry for this inattention to detail.
    Cheryl

    May 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, last minute plans.

    May 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry last minute work travel and will not be able to attend. :-(

    May 9, 2014

  • David F.

    I am going to miss this again, have to go out of VA.

    May 4, 2014

  • Joseph P.

    Make sure you bring bug spray, water, sun block, and food (lunch and snacks). There's really nothing available on the island.

    April 8, 2014

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