Posted: 10:55 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012
By Charles Seabrook
CUMBERLAND ISLAND —
If you go
Cumberland Island National Seashore
Cumberland Island National Seashore includes a designated wilderness area, undeveloped beaches, historic sites, cultural ruins, critical wildlife habitat and nesting areas, as well as numerous plant and animal communities. Interpretive and educational programs are available; you may hear compelling stories of the people who have shaped and been shaped by Cumberland. Most visitors come only for the day.
Directions: Exit 3 from I-95. At exit stoplight, turn east on Ga. 40. Follow signs into St. Marys, where Ga. 40 becomes Osborne Street. Osborne dead-ends at St. Marys Street. Turn right on St. Marys Street. The National Park Service Visitor Center is in a blue building; it and ferry dock are both located on left.
Visitor Center: 113 St. Marys St., St. Marys, Ga. 31558. Open daily 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 912-882-4336. www.nps.gov/cuis.
Getting to the island: Cumberland is accessible by daily ferry boat from Visitor Center dock in St. Marys. Ferry is walk-on, passenger-only. All trips are round-trip. Ferry does not transport pets, bikes, kayaks or cars. To make ferry reservation, 912-882-4335.
Fees: For ferry boat: adult, $20; child 12 and under, $14; senior 65 and over, $18. Entrance fee: $4 per person. Lands and Legacies tour: adult, $15; child 12 and under and seniors 62 and over, $12. Separate fees for camping.
Where to stay: The island’s only lodging is the private Greyfield Inn, whose rates start at $395 per night. 904-261-6408. www.greyfieldinn.com.
Camping: Reservations are recommended. Cumberland has one campground with showers and other facilities at Sea Camp. Wilderness and backcountry campgrounds are located at Stafford Beach, Brick Hill Bluff, Yankee Paradise and Hickory Hill. Fees: $4 per person per day at Sea Camp; $2 per person per day at other campgrounds.
Food and drink: No concessions on island. Bring your own lunch. Restrooms and drinking water located on island at Ice House Museum, Dungeness Historic Area, Sea Camp Ranger Station, Sea Camp Campground and Plum Orchard.