Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum

Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum, St. Marys

Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum

Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum
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Rose H
Powder Springs, United States12 contributions
Jul 2021
I just returned from a day trip to Cumberland Island. I took the 6 hour Lands and Legacies tour sponsored by the NPS. ($45/pp) I'm so glad I took the tour. Not only did I get to see the island from the air conditioned comfort of a van, but I heard so many amazing stories from our tour guide Mike. Mike has a gift for telling you history in a story form that helps you to visualize it. He talked for almost 6 non stop hours, and I never tired of hearing him. He gave such vivid accounts of the Carnegies, the Staffords, the Kennedys and the original Natives that I will remember them always. This is an absolute "Must do" if you plan on visiting. You will see all of the important structures such as Plum Orchard, Dungeness, and the small church where JFK jr was married. I visited in July and the air conditioned van was fabulous) the vans hold up to 12 people, we had 11 that day and although a little crowded it was very bearable. The one road on the island is dirt and pretty bumpy. Be prepared and maybe take a Tylenol at the end of the day.

The tour is indeed close to 6 hours. You will not be able to take the earlier ferry back to the mainland. Relax and enjoy the one hour or so you will get at the end of the tour before the later ferry disembarks. That hour will be enough time for the more hardy visitors to walk the 1.5 miles to the beach. The less hardy visitors can just relax at the ample shaded seats provided at the ranger station beside the ferry dock.
Written July 16, 2021
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orlandotraveler2018
Florida103 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
We loved Cumberland Island. You must take your own food and beverages as you cannot buy anything there. Be sure to take extras. Plenty of clean restrooms that are marked and accessible. You also must take all trash off the island. Beautiful trails and wildlife. We saw armadillos, dolphins (on the ferry over), wild horses, birds, ... Great shelling on the beaches. Plenty of picnic tables to eat on or st the wide beaches. Watch your time as ferry's leave promptly. Be sure to reserve the ferry early as they fill up. Need reservations for bikes, too. If you have a National Park pass, bring it for free admission to the island (not the ferry). We spent 5 hours there and that was enough for us, but left us wanting to return another day.
Written April 2, 2021
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MKTBE
Topeka, KS2,841 contributions
May 2022 • Family
Cumberland Island is a barrier Island off of the coast of Georgia. The only way to access the Island is by a pre-registered ferry. We spent an amazing 4 hours exploring the Dungeness Ruins, Maritime Forest, Saltwater Marsh, and an unpopulated Beach! The Island is also inhabited with many Wild Horses. We also spied a few Armadillos, many Lizards, Egrets, Cranes, and Sand Crabs. Our three-generational family enjoyed a peaceful day of adventure, hiking, exploring, a beach picnic, and appreciating the beauty & history of Cumberland Island! The best part is that there are so few people there you can enjoy it in solitude!! There are no restaurants or vending machines, so bring a supply of water and food! Absolutely Amazing!!!
Written May 3, 2022
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Joanne G
Palm Coast, Florida7 contributions
Aug 2021
I went to Cumberland Island with a large group of seniors. This trip is not good for the elderly as there is a lot of walking through a wooded path with tree stumps and brush.. I had a walker with wheels and found it very difficult to go along the path that they told us to follow. They should have told us there was a paved road that leads to the same site which was 1 1/2 miles away through the woods. When we finally arrived at our destination, the ruins of an old mansion and the wild horses roaming, it was quite beautiful. On the return, that's when we found the paved road but so many of us were so exhausted they had to call a truck to pick up those who could not walk back to the original starting point. I will never go back to Cumberland especially in August. I'll take the ferry that goes around the island and view it from the boat.
Written October 2, 2021
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morrisg430
Chappaqua, NY15 contributions
Jun 2021
The trip to the Cumberland Island Park was remarkable, a full day tour with Mike Fulford was an exceptional way to learn about the history of the park and how this gem was able to be created. The Legacy Tour was in a van with an almost constant history provided by Mike. He provides a wealth of knowledge about the characters who enabled the Park to exist. We were able to see parts of the island that self-guided campers, and day-tourists could not. Of course, the feral horses, armadillos, alligators, different climate zones with different flora and fauna made the tour extra valuable. The cost, $50 per person was worth it. Mike was personable, friendly, accommodating and constantly interesting.
Written June 9, 2021
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Zoomie70
Las Vegas193 contributions
Jul 2021
A great off-grid camping experience. We rented bikes for the 3 day excursion at $20/day. You could have bought the bikes for $20 at a garage sale - they were in terrible condition. I had to lube my chain with suntan lotion and bug spray to get it to keep working. The island and historical attractions were great. The trails are heavily sanded - so wide tires are recommended if you bring your own bike. The seashore was beautiful and desolate. Saw deer, osprey, armadillo, hawks.
Written October 3, 2021
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vetgirl69
Fort Lauderdale, FL192 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
We took the ferry over to Cumberland Island national seashore and spent the day hiking. Right off the bat we saw the wild horses that live on the island. We spent the day hiking and roaming the beach. It was wonderful to see the horses free roaming and not bound by a fence. The Islands campsite was awesome for those fortunate enough to get to spend the night. It’s set in a Thicket of oak trees just off the ocean. It’s called sea camp.I would highly recommend visiting Cumberland Island national seashore if you’re in the area.You can rent a bike or bring your own over on the ferry. Make sure to bring your lunch and plenty to drink.
Written May 8, 2021
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bbbob84
Staten Island, NY1,581 contributions
Mar 2022
The museum is located in downtown historic Saint Mary’s Georgia. A nice collection of artifacts about how the area played into the war. Also some artifacts about the area and it’s history. The docent was very helpful when we arrived and gave us an idea of what to expect on our self guided tour. Easy walk to shopping, dining and sights in the area. Ample free street parking when we visited.
Written March 2, 2022
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Otterhoney
St. Augustine, FL78 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
We had a great day exploring Cumberland Island. We took the 45 min ferry ride over. We took our own bikes which were an additional $10 per bike on the ferry. We saw wild horses & a wild turkey. We walked to the beach and this was quite a hike! It was a beautiful day!!
Here are some tips ;)
* Book Ferry in advance
* Bring bug spray - gnats are horrible at the docks and sunscreen
* Bring plenty of water and food -there is nowhere to purchase anything

Be ready for a great but rigorous day!! :)
Written March 17, 2021
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Amar S
Atlanta, GA22 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Great camping experience on the island. Camped for one night. The ferry ride from St. Mary’s GA to the island which takes abt 45min was the highlight of the trip for the kids. Sea camp is the most convenient camp ground considering you have to haul all your belongings from the ferry to the campsite. Carts are available at the ferry dock that can be borrowed for the duration of the stay to carry your stuff free of charge but cannot be taken beyond Sea Camp. There are cold showers and chilled drinking water filling fountain located at several places near the camp grounds. The beach is also a short distance away from the camp. It was extremely hot and humid with plenty of bugs so carry insect repellent and a portable fan if possible. At night the katydids can keep you up for long as they are extremely loud and can go on all night so consider carrying ear plugs too. The beach is completely empty and it’s quite a walk to the water. But you will see a lot of crabs there. Wildlife is plentiful. Do keep a safe distance from the wild horses. Camp sites can have lots of ants and we had a armadillo come to ours but it was completely harmless and minding its own business. Frogs and lizards are plentiful too.
Written August 1, 2021
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