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Cumberland Island Tour
Cumberland Island - A Day of Gratitude
Join us for day of gratitude, filled with unbridled beauty as we explore the southern end of Cumberland Island National Seashore. The crown jewel of the Georgia barrier islands, Cumberland Island is 18 miles long with a population of less than 50 people. Nature has shaped the long history of this island like no other place. Evidence of human occupation for 1000's of years on this island is found in middens, headstones and ruins. Wild horses, called marsh tackies roam the island freely, seeking sustenance. Miles of unspoiled beaches provide a rare walking experience. There are no man made buildings along the beach. Just miles of white quartz sand so fine it "squeaks" as you walk. The seashore is graced by the maritime forest which gives way the salt marsh. We will traverse the island from marsh to seashore while absorbing the sights, sounds, smells and even taste... of this magical place. Timeless beauty and dramatic history have merged, creating a sea island treasure for everyone to enjoy.
Our journey will begin in St. Mary's Georgia at the NPS Cumberland Island National Seashore ferry landing. We will take a 45 minute boat ride to Sea Camp dock on Cumberland Island. Once on the island, we will hike 1 mile to the Ice House Museum. After touring the small museum and resting for 30 minutes, we will hike to the ruins of Dungeness. While at Dungeness, we will enjoy a picnic lunch and listen to stories about the natural history of Cumberland Island. After our 1 hour lunch break, we will hike 2 miles on the beach back to Sea Camp nature amphitheater. At the amphitheater, we will rest under the magical oaks trees and enjoy a snack. Then, we will hike .5 miles back to Sea Camp dock for our return trip on the ferry to the mainland. During certain portions of our journey we will enjoy silence.
Each participant will bring their own lunch and refillable water bottle. Comfortable clothes and closed toed shoes are preferred. Bring a swim suit and towel for a dip in the ocean or a cool shower at Sea Camp camp ground. Don't forget hat, sunglasses, bug spray, camera and a snack to carry you through the day. We will walk approximately 5 miles on this journey of gratitude.
If you have not been to Cumberland Island, please note there are NO stores or cars on island for your use. There are no medical facilities on the island. You must be able to complete 5 miles of walking without any assistance. You must be comfortable walking through the woods on narrow trails. And, you must be able to walk on the beach, in the sand for 2 miles. The pace of this hike is an easy, steady walk.
Please go to Cumberland Island Ferry Reservations (click here), to book and pay for your ferry ride to Cumberland Island. You MUST buy a ticket for the ferry ride going over and the ferry ride coming back. Make sure you purchase 2 tickets, one for each way, in advance. You will check in at the National Park Service Visitor's Center to pay entrance fee to Cumberland Island 1 hour before ferry ride to island.
This is adventure is designed for adults only. Tour will be limited to 15 people. Call or contact Lauri deGaris for additional information at (904) 477-8900 or
Tour departs St. Mary's Georgia