Cumberland Island National Seashore, Cumberland Island

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#2 of 10 in Nature in Georgia Coast
Catch the ferry to Cumberland Island National Seashore for hiking, surf-fishing, and camping. The island, approximately 1.6 km (1 mi) from the mainland, features a central maritime forest with deer, wild horses, and hogs. Choose from many walking and hiking trails and numerous backcountry/wilderness and seaside camping sites. Visit the Dungeness mansion ruins, destroyed in a fire, and see the Plum Orchard Mansion, built in the Georgian Revival style, which covers 1,858 sq m (20,000 sq ft). Reservations are a must for the ferry and campsites, as only 300 people are allowed on the island at any time. Camping permits are provided during camping orientation. Be aware that the reservation system is a bit convoluted. Put Cumberland Island National Seashore into our Cumberland Island trip maker website to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Cumberland Island.
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  • Cumberland Island is a unique place to backpack; the only way to get there for the average person is by ferry, but this ferry carries no motorized vehicles. You must carry everything to sustain yourse...  more »
  • Took the ferry over which was incredibly packed and standing room only inside for the 45 min ride, brochure said lots of wildlife to see but we were hard pressed to see any, 2 horses which you needed ...  more »
  • I spent 5 nights camping in the wilderness area of Cumberland Island. I knew very little about CI prior to going except that the Carnegies are part of it's history and that it is accessible only by bo...  more »
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  • Cumberland Island is amazing. It does require some planning (need to pack in and out just about everything you use) but is totally worth it. The island itself is basically never crowded, because there is a limit to how many people can be on the ferry each day. The old oak and palmetto forest that covers the island is beautiful, and the beaches are pristine and basically abandoned. The rangers and tour guides are great, and there are plenty of historical things (old mansions) as well as wildlife (wild horses, armadillos, etc). Biking from the Ranger station can be a little tougher on the sand road, but is worth it. Check it out if you're going to be in the area.
  • Wonderful day spent exploring this beautiful island, learning it's history and seeing it's gorgeous landscape, including the native wild horses!
  • Wow! What a great trip. Well organized, felt safe, saw lots of wildlife and wonderful photo ops. We went shelling, hiking, took many pictures and met many new friends along the way. Would recommend being prepared for current weather, have water, back pack and cell phone handy. This trip will wear you out in a good way. Can't wait til next year. You can't do it all in one day.
  • A great combination of hiking and beach.
  • The best national Park I have ever been to.
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