4 Reasons to Visit Cumberland Island, Georgia

: This post may contain affiliate links, which means we may receive a commission if you click a link and purchase something that we have recommended. While clicking these links won’t cost you any extra money, they will help us keep this site up and running. Thank you for your support!

Cumberland Island was one of the most unique places I’ve ever had the pleasure of exploring. My husband and I stumbled upon it when we were living in Jacksonville, FL, and had no idea what to expect when we boarded the ferry to the island – but we were definitely not disappointed, and we still suggest that friends visit Cumberland Island if they are in the area.

Cumberland Island is Georgia’s largest and Southernmost barrier island, located seven miles east of St. Marys and only accessible by boat. It is the perfect place to truly get away from it all and is great for a day trip or a weekend of camping. Here are my top 4 reasons why this is a must-visit destination if you are in the North Florida or South Georgia area:

1. Gorgeous Ruins

The Dungeness Ruins were originally the home of Thomas Carnegie and his wife Lucy until it burned down. However, the remains make for interesting and beautiful photos.


2. Unspoiled Beaches

These days, it is rare to find a beach that is undeveloped and unaltered by man, but here you can walk for miles on unspoiled beaches covered in shells and starfish – and you may even have it all to yourself if you are lucky!


3. Awesome Trails

With more than 50 miles of hiking trails that take you through maritime forests, wetlands and along beaches, you will never get bored. Just make sure to bring plenty of water!


4. And… drum roll please… WILD HORSES!

This has got to be the coolest aspect of the entire island. Getting to see these majestic creatures in their natural habitat is breathtaking. And if you go in spring, you may even see babies!



A few things to know before you go:

  • Bring food and water! There is no place on the island to buy food or water, so make sure to pack a picnic along with anything else you may need.
  • The passenger-only ferry to and from the island only runs a few times a day and picks up in St. Marys. The current price for a roundtrip ticket is $28 for each adult.
  • Permitted camping is allowed and reservations are suggested. Apparently the star gazing is superb!
  • If you prefer to stay in a hotel, Amelia Island, FL, and Jekyll Island, GA, are both less than an hour away and have some nice options.

I lived in Jacksonville (less than an hour away) for more than 20 years before I heard about this amazing place! It just goes to show that great adventures are out there, you just have to go looking for them! Have you ever stumbled upon a surprisingly awesome spot near you?

When you visit Cumberland Island, Georgia, it feels like you are being transported to another, more simple time. Read more about this unique outdoor oasis and the nature including wild horses.#cumberlandisland #georgia #wildlife #hiking #ruins
Previous article1st Flatiron in Boulder: A Colorado Bucket-List Hike
Next article3 Steps Toward a More Adventurous Life
Brooke travels full-time with her husband Buddy while working as a freelance writer and editor. In addition to writing content for TrailingAway.com to pair with Buddy's great photos and videos, she also contributes to other blogs and publications. When not traveling, hiking or writing, most of her time is spent working as the Editor of Winnebago's lifestyle blog, WinnebagoLife.com, where she gets the privilege of working with a very talented group of contributors. Brooke and Buddy also house/pet sit while traveling as a way to spend time with animals and really get to know a new area.


    • The Dungeness Ruins are pretty close to where the ferry will dock, and there is beach access close to that too. That is the area we wandered around and had a great time, but if you want to see more of the island bikes may be a good idea! Click on “View Park Map” on the left side of this page to get an idea of where everything is located: http://www.nps.gov/cuis/index.htm

      Hope this helps! Have a great time!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here