Take a Relaxing Ferry Ride to Beautiful Cumberland Island

Cumberland Island is only accessible by boat and is located just seven miles east of St. Marys. Our short 45-minute ferry ride makes for a scenic and pleasant form of transportation to the island. Our concession-operated passenger ferry departs from downtown St. Marys throughout the day and provides round-trip transportation services to Cumberland Island year-round. Cumberland Island Ferry offers ferry services near Jacksonville, St. Mary’s, Fernandina, and Fernandina Beach.

Due to the Coronavirus, ferry services to the island have been suspended until further notice.

The National Park Service has decided to suspend the ferry transportation to the island until further notice to help curb the spread of the virus. This also includes private charters through the ferry service. If your reservation fell between March 18th, 2020 and May 30th, 2020 your refunds have been sent back to you and should show up on the card you used to purchase within the next few business days. Please check the Cumberland Island National Seashore website as well as the Cumberland Island Facebook page as they will post regular updates. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to your trip. The reservation office is currently closed at this time and will not be answering the phone.

Find Your Adventure

Cumberland Island is home to pristine maritime forests, undeveloped beaches and wide marshes that whisper the stories of both man and nature. Georgia’s largest and southernmost barrier island offers a rustic getaway with over 50 miles of trails and roads, as well as 18 miles of undeveloped beaches. You may find yourself hiking, biking, camping, and beachcombing after disembarking from the ferry.

About the Cumberland Region

Your journey begins in St Marys, Georgia. Here, you board the ferry bound for Cumberland Island National Seashore, visit our museum and Visitor Center and learn about the history and unique nature of the area.

St. Marys offers lodging, dining, and attractions within our National Historic District, and beyond that, offers a treasured visit. Adventure, history, nature, and fun await you on the Georgia coast.

Preserved and protected for future generations, Cumberland Island National Seashore includes a designated wilderness area, historic sites, cultural ruins, undeveloped beaches, critical habitat and nesting areas, as well as numerous plant and animal communities.

Interpretive and educational programs are available to teach you compelling stories of the many people who have shaped and been shaped by Cumberland Island. Take time to plan your visit and enjoy the vast experiences that Cumberland Island and the surrounding region have to offer.

Guests Rave About This "Scenic and Enjoyable" Ferry Ride


This National Seashore is a must see! Wild horses, armadillos, manatees, dolphins, marine life in the shallow water areas like blue crabs, small fish, hermit crabs. My littles collected shark teeth along the paths and waterside. We also enjoyed the ferry ride over. Pristine area.

– Millie K., TripAdvisor
Fun day trip!

Make sure you book your ferry tickets well in advance. Ferry to the island sells out fast and has limited spots! Overall, enjoyed the ferry ride and the island! Tons to do and see. Wear comfy shoes, bring bug spray, sunscreen and plenty of water & food. There’s no where to buy water or food on the island. Rent or bring your own bikes to get around faster!

– Saydee09, TripAdvisor
Wonderful day on a near desolate beach...

What can I say, beautiful water oaks, marvelous desolate beaches, warm ocean waters, sand and plenty of time to play. Wild horses, usually at Dungeness and absolutely great Rangers and a novel ferry ride . Enough reading , just go.

– Mog3, TripAdvisor
Incredibly beautiful

Went here to camp for a weekend. Gorgeous scenery and the history of the island is fascinating. Clean restrooms and after a couple of nights, even the cold showers are pretty good. Gorgeous beach, lovely sunsets, and great staff handling all aspects of the ferry ride over and back. If you haven't been there, you should definitely go.

– Nanabam, TripAdvisor
Day Trip

We came here without knowing much about the island and history. The ferry ride was a scenic trip through the salt marshes. After disembarking we met the ranger. We saw wild horses, turkeys, armadillos, deer and in the end- Manatees. The kids found several sharks teeth on the beach.

– drscottymc, TripAdvisor