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A Day at Cumberland Island

Updated on November 4, 2010

Fun Island Day

White sand beach
White sand beach
Mike in front of the mansion ruins
Mike in front of the mansion ruins
Picture taken from ferry
Picture taken from ferry

First Time Visit

Even though my family has lived in Georgia for many years, we had never been to Cumberland Island until this year. There is an odd thing about this island. More tourists from other states, and countries seem to visit, than people who live close by.

Maybe this is because the island is a planned excursion by many college groups, photography clubs, and tour groups. They come in buses, and the ferry ticket price is part of the trip expense. Those of us that live here, have to make an extra effort to go somewhere that we can't take our cars, or even our own bikes. It is a beautiful place to visit though, and I wish we would have gone sooner.

Cumberland Island is in the very most Southeastern part of the state. The ferry to get there departs from St. Marys, Georgia. March 1st to November 30th, the ferry is on a daily schedule. From December 1 to February 28th, there is no ferry on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. The cost of the ferry is $17 for adults, and $12 for children.

Hikers and bikers only
Hikers and bikers only
Boardwalk to beach
Boardwalk to beach

No Traffic Jams

There are no traffic jams to worry about on this island. As I said before, you are not allowed to take your car.

Plan on staying the whole day. My husband and I were on the first ferry of the morning, and stayed until the last one in the afternoon. This is a place that is actually better for adults, or families with older children, than young families with babies and toddlers. I don't think most parents of two year olds would make it through the entire day here.

Plan on lots of exercise. There are miles of beautiful trails to walk, or bike. You also can tent camp in primative camping areas. There are bathrooms and picnic tables, but no fast food to buy. Also, there are no drink machines. Whatever you want to eat or drink, you must bring with you. I had packed a backpack with lots of goodies, and we enjoyed picnicking.

There are no trash cans on this island. Whatever you bring in, you take back with you when you leave.

Photographers Paradise

Many photography groups and clubs come to Cumberland Island.  The natural state of the island makes it a photographer's dream.  The pictures you can take here are as varied as the colors of a rainbow.

While on the ferry, I took many pictures of the water, and golden marsh views of the island.  Also there were sailboats, docks, and a beautiful sunset viewed on the afternoon ferry.

On the Island there are wild horses, deer, raccoons, snakes, birds, turtles and many other species.  There are trees with moss, mushrooms, wild flowers, oyster shells, tabby.  There are white sand beaches, sea shells, and dolphins.  All just waiting for your camera.

Of course there is also ruins of the Dungeness mansion, old cars, and graveyards. After a short tour given by a park ranger, we spent the rest of the day hiking, and picture taking.

More Pictures

Golden Marsh picture
Golden Marsh picture
Beach sand dune
Beach sand dune
Wild horse
Wild horse
Beach birds
Beach birds
Oyster shells, (I added the colors)
Oyster shells, (I added the colors)

Learn More

I did not go into the history of Cumberland island here. That is because I just wanted to tell my story of a visit to the island.  There is already a great hub by another hubber that tells the rich history of the island.

Below is a link to the hub, "The Magic of Cumberland Island" It is by the hubber, habee.


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    • susansisk profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Sisk 

      5 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Thanks for reading. It is a great place to visit.

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      Sandra Mireles 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for sharing your day trip. Your information was useful and I believe very helpful to anyone traveling to Cumberland Island. Thanks.

    • susansisk profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Sisk 

      7 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Would love to show you around! My favorite restaurant is Paula Deen's "The Lady and Son's"

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      Carolyn Augustine 

      7 years ago from Iowa

      Susan, what beautiful photographs! Makes me want to come to Georgia for a vacation out there communing with nature. Thank you for the gorgeous imagery.

    • susansisk profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Sisk 

      8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Glad you liked it. I loved taking pictures at Cumberland. I also loved the stories of the people that lived there. I'm glad you told the history so well.

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Great! I especially enjoyed the pics! I'm linking this to my hub.

    • susansisk profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Sisk 

      8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Thanks for reading. As I said, it is a great place for taking pictures.

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      8 years ago from USA

      Beautiful photographs along with relevant information. Voted up!


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