Island Activities

Fish in the fresh saltwater, explore and photograph the historic structures, hike through maritime forests and beautiful beaches, scour the beach after a strong storm, camp in the backcountry or wilderness, enjoy a calm sunset and gaze at the unobstructed views of the stars. Whatever your adventure may be, you will find it on Cumberland Island.


Anyone 16 or older must possess a Georgia Fishing License to fish. These can be obtained by calling 1-888-748-6887 or visiting If you are intending to saltwater fish you must also have the Saltwater Information Program (SIP) attached to your fishing license. The SIP is of no addition charge to those that already have a Georgia fishing license. Go to for more information.

Visit Lang Charters for information on charter fishing trips in the Cumberland Island area.


Six public hunts are held during Georgia’s hunting seasons. The hunts are advertised in newspapers and participants are selected on a first come first serve basis. Contact the Hunt Ranger at (912) 882-4336 ext. 253 for more information or visit for more information.

Photography / Filming

With the historic structures, secluded beaches and ample wildlife Cumberland Island offers endless opportunities for photography. A permit is needed to film.


Swimming is allowed anywhere on the island. Be advised that there are no lifeguards on duty and you swim at your own risk. Riptides may be present. Be advised that fresh water ponds are home to snakes and alligators.


Bikes are a great way to get around the Island. Be prepared with a map and know the distance of your destination. All bikes must stay on designated roads and are not allowed on Park trails.

Bikes are allowed on the ferry for a $10 fee, space is limited.  Bike transportation is offered on a first come first serve basis.  Adult bikes can be rented on the Island for $16 per day or $20 overnight. Rentals are first come, first serve, limited quantity.


There is a total of 50 miles of hiking trails on the island. Hike your way from the maritime forests to the beautiful beaches. Hiking trails are accessible only by foot. The roadways allow vehicle and bicycle use.


Campers have found that the Island’s beaches and the unobstructed views of the fields are the perfect place for stargazing. Telescopes are welcome.

Bird Watching

Bring your binoculars because Cumberland Island is a favorite stopping point on the transatlantic migratory flyaway, over 300 species of birds have been recorded here on the Island including threatened and endangered species such as the Least Tern, Wilson’s Plover and American Oystercatcher.

Beach Combing

Shelling on Cumberland Island is plentiful! Visitors are allowed to keep unoccupied sea shells and sharks teeth. It is especially interesting to scour the beach after a strong storm to see what Mother Nature has brought up from the bottom of the Atlantic.


Cumberland Island is home to a vast array of wildlife. From threatened and endangered manatees and sea turtles to over 300 species of birds. Visitors may see wild turkeys, armadillos, feral horses, vultures, dolphins and lizards. The more elusive white tail deer, bobcats and otters can also be seen on the island. Camping is recommended as animal activity is often greater at dawn and dusk.

What to bring

Please be aware that there is NOTHING to purchase once you get to the Island. This can make for an unpleasant trip if you do not come prepared. You are allowed to bring coolers and any backs that you can carry. All of your trash is pack in, pack out.

You will need to bring water, food, sunscreen, walking shoes, rain gear, a hat and sunglasses.

The ferry does sell ice, firewood, potato chips and drinks. The sale of these items is limited to only when the ferry is docked at Sea Camp. Please plan accordingly, we want everyone to have a great experience.