Cumberland Island is one of the most magical places I've been to. The island is so otherworldly that you can't help but forget the distractions of your everyday life as you are wowed with its beauty.
Let the wild horses stir your fancy. Or relax to the sound of the ocean's waves on the pristine beach, while you collect beautiful shells for someone special. Or rent a bike and ride up to the historic African settlement at the north end of the island, where an eerie, yet charming, one-room church still stands.
The history buff will find plenty of enjoyment on this island. Much of it used to be owned by the Carnegie family, who donated this land to the park service many years ago. The historic buildings and ruins that remain have such interesting stories.
Cumberland Island is mostly protected wilderness, full of old, gorgeous Live Oak trees draped with spanish moss and filled in with a ground cover of palmettos (see photo). Cars are not allowed, so you will get to enjoy truly fresh and unpolluted air.
Hi, I'm Moshe Jacobson, your trip leader. I have been enchanted by Cumberland Island's magic four times now, and it has me coming back for a fifth time this Thanksgiving 2018. Would you like to join me?
A ferry will take us to the island from the town of St Marys. We will be staying at Sea Camp, a developed campsite which is 1/2 mile from the dock where we are dropped, near the south end of the island. Many of us will spend all three nights camped at Sea Camp, while the more adventurous of us may choose to bike 10 miles each way to spend Friday night, the second night, at Brickhill Bluff, a breathtakingly beautiful backcountry (primitive) campsite on the north end of the island.
There are plenty of things to do and see during the day: Take a tour of the historic Plum Orchard mansion or the Dungeness Ruins, or enjoy a free ranger program on the island's cultural and natural history. There is also the Lands and Legacies tour for $45, which will take you around the WHOLE island in a van (one of the few motor vehicles allowed on the island) and make you privy to some insider information!
The trip will be led by Moshe Jacobson, certified NOLS Outdoor Educator, Leave No Trace Master Educator and Wilderness First Responder.
This outing is limited to 12 paid attendees.
PRICING & TICKETS:
Base Trip Fee of $90 secures your spot and covers campsite reservations and administrative fees.
Purchase your tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/enchanted-cumberland-island-tickets-50537066727
You will need to call[masked] as soon as possible to reserve your trip with the Cumberland Island Ferry, departing THURSDAY NOVEMBER 22,[masked]:45AM and returning SUNDAY NOVEMBER 25,[masked]:15AM. If they are sold out, we have a limited number of round-trip ferry reservations available for $40 each.
Once we get onto the island, we'll have the option of renting bikes for $16/day.
We will be meeting at the Cumberland Island Visitor Center at 10:30am on Thursday, November 22nd (Thanksgiving Day). Please be on time. If you anticipate being late, please plan to spend the night at a hotel in Kingsland, GA, which is right nearby and has great hotel rates.
Deadline for purchasing tickets is 11/11. Please do not wait until the last minute!
If you have any questions whatsoever, please reach out to me (Moshe) at[masked] or [masked].
Thank you and I look forward to a fantastic experience with you!