Cumberland Island National Seashore

Overview

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. Cumberland Island is 17.5 miles long 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.

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Seasonality / Weather

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

The visitor center is open daily 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, Monday through Sunday. Park facilities are closed on December 25.
The ferry boat schedule is as follows:

Spring/Summer/Fall (March 1st to November 30th) - The ferry departs St. Marys at 9 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. , and departs from Cumberland Island at 10:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. (March 1 to September 30 - Wednesday through Saturday there is also a 2:45 p.m. departure from the island.)

Winter (December 1st to February 28th) - The ferry does not operate on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, and there is no 2:45 p.m. departure from the island. However, the two departure times from St. Marys and Cumberland Island remain the same.
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Our Plum Orchard ferry departs every second and fourth Sunday of each month at 12:45 p.m. from Sea Camp Dock. It is roughly an eight mile (45 minutes by ferry) trip to Plum Orchard where visitors get to spend two hours exploring the beautiful historic structure. The ferry returns to Sea Camp Dock promptly at 4:15 p.m.

Directions

Driving: 

Take Exit 3 off of Interstate 95 in the state of Georgia. The exit ends at a stop light. Turn onto Highway 40 going East. Follow Highway 40 all the way down where it ends at the Historic Downtown St. Marys Waterfront. The visitor center and ferry dock are located there at the waterfront. Cumberland Island is located seven miles east of St. Marys, Georgia, and is only accessible by water. A concession operated passenger ferry departs from St. Marys. Reservations are recommended.

Flying: 

Flights are available to Jacksonville International Airport and Savannah/Hilton Head International Airports. Both locations have rental car agencies.

Public Transport: 

There is no public transportation available in the town of Saint Marys however there are several local taxi companies.