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.