May 23, 2024

Cumberland Island Mainland Visitor Center

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113 St. Mary's St W
St. Mary's

United States

Cumberland Island is Georgia’s largest barrier island and one of the most spectacular natural habitats in the Northern Hemisphere. The island can only be reached by ferry and has two developed campgrounds. Pristine maritime forests, undeveloped beaches and wide marshes whisper the stories of both man and nature. Natives, missionaries, enslaved African Americans and Wealthy Industrialists all walked here. Cumberland Island is also home to over 9,800 acres of Congressionally designated Wilderness. In addition to sea turtles, alligators (in freshwater ponds), armadillos, feral pigs and numerous species of birds, the island is also home to a herd of wild horses. A total of 50 miles of hiking trails meander through maritime forests, interior wetlands, historic districts, marsh ecosystems, and the beautiful beaches. Trails, beach, and roadways (not marked private) are all available for hiking. The island’s beaches and open fields provide wonderful unobstructed views for stargazing. Opportunities for photography are endless. Numerous historic structures and ruins scatter the island. Visitors are allowed to collect sharks teeth and unoccupied sea shells.

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