Cannon's Point Preserve

Cannon's Point Preserve, Saint Simons Island: Hours, Address, Cannon's Point Preserve Reviews: 4.5/5

Cannon's Point Preserve
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Nature & Wildlife Areas • Hiking Trails • Forests
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Monday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Cannon's Point Preserve is open to the public on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays 9am - 3pm. The non-motorized boat launch is open for launching from 9am - 1pm. There is a kiosk at the entrance to the Preserve where visitors will find maps and other information. On days when Cannon's Point is open to the public, there will be a volunteer on-site welcoming visitors. Cannon's Point Preserve has some of the last intact maritime forest on St. Simons Island and is rich in cultural and natural history. The peninsula has over six miles of salt marsh, tidal creek and river shore line that provide habitat for wildlife such as oysters, birds, fish, manatee and shell fish. On site visitors can view the ruins of a large plantation home, overseer's home, and slave quarters built by John Couper in the 1800s.
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2-3 hours
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j1800
Savannah, GA26 contributions
Great bike ride! Perfect for a Saturday morning! Volunteers were excellent! They really helped with sites to see and bike ride path navigation. Really special place - ruins out by the river were a great spot with a viewing tower to fully see the site. Biking on the main path out to the ruins was good surface, mostly flat, 5 or 6 miles round trip. This protected area is a really special area that has been free of development. A great place for a change of pace from the beach tourist areas.
Written June 20, 2021
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Melissa A
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Beautiful, easy 5 mile round trip hike (not counting the side paths) with a great destination point.

We arrived to misty rain and cold but the tree cover kept us pleasantly dry until it warmed up for the day.

The employees/volunteers were incredibly friendly and made sure to point us to the facilities before we took off on the hike.

The ground was stable and the hike level. The signs posted were all very clear and there is really no chance of getting lost or disoriented here.

The remains of the Cannon house at the end of the walk were impressive and fascinating.

We really enjoyed this hike and the history that went along with it.
Written February 19, 2021
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Rebecca L
Atlanta, GA1,366 contributions
We loved our visit to Cannon's Point Preserve. It is a bit out of the way at the north end of the island and has limited hours, but it is worth it if you have a few hours and want to get exercise. Once you park, you check in with the staff. Everything on the property is accessible only via walking or bicycling so allow at least 2-3 hours at a minimum.

I walked on several trails and saw the chimney at the overseer's house, as well as the marsh. The others on our group rode bikes 2.5 miles to the plantation ruins. The Spanish moss hanging from the trees and the lack of cars make this a peaceful escape with nature. It's the perfect chance to experience the low-country beauty of the area. Once you get ready to leave, you have to check-out with the staff since they close the gates and property at closing time.
Written January 1, 2021
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patandbill77
Belmont, NC17 contributions
great walk. Expect that bugs will be a problem in warmer weather but wonderful in February! Pay attention to the hours. Limited days. use the bathroom at the visitor check-in before you start the walk.
Written February 9, 2021
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Tyme4relaxing
Frenchburg, KY2,648 contributions
Nice location to walk along trails with some history and informational panels to add to your visit. The hike to the end and back is about 5 miles. I would imagine it would be very hot in the summer although there is plenty of shade. Lots of old trees, Spanish moss and some ruins. The only wild life we seen was a woodpecker. I would also think that bugs and ticks would be a problem in the warmer months.
Written February 3, 2020
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Thank you for visiting Cannon's Point Preserve! We're so glad you enjoyed yourself and got to stretch your legs a bit. If you're ever able to visit during the spring or fall, the local and migratory wildlife (especially birds) is abundant! Hope you can get back soon. Thanks again!
Written February 4, 2020
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Lu Bricant
2 contributions
Family
5 stars for the nature walk and the interesting ruins. The overlook towers are in good condition. The ruins had a lot of informative signs. 1 star for all the ticks we pulled off ourselves. Three ticks on me and 4 or 5 on our 7 year old. We applied Deep Woods OFF multiple times. Bathrooms were clean but on our way back the bathroom sink had two ticks in it. There was a lot of tall grass near the parking area.
Written July 10, 2021
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Matt P
Gainesville, VA1,270 contributions
It was a good time walking around Cannon's Point Preserve. It was nice walk around the different trails. Had a lot of large oaks with of course spanish moss hanging on them. Be aware of the limited hours.
Written January 10, 2021
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Jane B
Rochester, Michigan, Usa78 contributions
Friends
The St. Simons Island Land Trust acquired Cannon's Point that had been slated for development on the north end of the island, and thank goodness for that! Cannon's Point Preserve is in the middle of a lush forest of live oak. remnants of the main house, kitchens and slave cabins remain. Promoted as a primitive wilderness experience, visitors should be capable of long walks on marked trails. In the warmer months, bug spray is essential, long pants and hats are recommended. Rest room facilities are sparse, but what a beautiful site! Shell middens date to 2500 BC. In the 19th Century, the Couper Plantation was widely considered a well-run effort supported by slave labor. Fanny Kemble visited from the nearby Hampton Point Plantation and mentions it in her diary. Cannon's Point Preserve is open Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. Also next door is The Farm, an animal sanctuary, that houses rescued and abused horses, cats, cows and goats. Visiting hours there are Sunday afternoons.
Written April 13, 2016
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michelewave04
Narragansett, RI867 contributions
Thanks to the St. Simons Land Trust, this fantastic area will be preserved and enjoyed by visitors now and in the future. If you appreciate a natural setting
with wildlife, marshland, living oaks in a wonderful forest with
historic sites and hiking trails, myou will really enjoy this area. The Land Trust has been working hard to create this preserve for many years. They have a group of volunteers who are stationed by the parking area in an education center. They welcome visitors and are eager to answer any questions
that you might have. They have everyone sign in and supply a map of the entire area. They are still working to expand the area for people might want to camp there or explore the marsh with non-motorized boats. They are planning to build viewing towers
as well.
We are people who love to hike
and we went to the Visitor's Center to inquire about hiking trails on St. Simons Island. We are so happy that we did. They have a main trail That runs down to the ruins of Couper's
Plantation. It is approximately two and a half miles long. Hikers and bikers can use this
trail. There are several trails off of the main trail. All of them are named and there are some with ruins of Slave cabins and the Overseers cabin.
This wonderful place happy should enjoyed by everyone who lives on or visits St. Simons island.
Unfortunately, many do not have a chance because they

don'f know about it! If you want to visit, go to the North end and take the first right onto Lawrence Rd. Travel along for a couple of miles and there is a marker
Written February 6, 2015
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michelewave04
Narragansett, RI867 contributions
Couples
I believe this is the number one attraction in St. Simons! We were here last year and enjoyed the beauty and peace of the woods. We hiked to the Couper Plantation, an interesting part of history.
We enjoyed our hike and noticed that since we were here one year ago, they have added two viewing towers and a launch area for non motorized boats. They have plans for even more improvements.
The volunteers who offer information and make you feel most welcome, are based at the visitors center where there are displays and books that help describe the area. I cannot say enough about this wonderful place and these people who selflessly give of their time.
We took the main trail, but look forward to our next hike wherein we will go on some of the trails that are maintained and were cleared by volunteers as well. The trails are
named except one called No Name. And there is something different about each of them.
I would urge anyone who visits St. Simons to visit this beautiful area! It is not to be missed!
Written February 22, 2016
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Cannon's Point Preserve is open:
  • Sat - Mon 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM