Explore Cumberland Island
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. For a $10 fee you can bring your own bike on the ferry, spaces are limited and are first come, first serve. Adult bikes can be rented on the Island for $16 a day or $20 for overnight through the deckhands and cannot be reserved in advance.
Anyone 16 or older must possess a Georgia Fishing License to fish. These can be obtained by calling 1-888-748-6887 or visiting www.gofishgeorgia.com. 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 additional charge to those that already have a Georgia fishing license. Go to www.gadnr.org for more information. Visit Lang Charters for information on charter fishing trips in the Cumberland Island area.
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 whitetail deer, bobcats, and otters can also be seen on the island. Camping is recommended as animal activity is often greater at dawn and dusk.
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 www.gohuntgeorgia.com or https://www.nps.gov/cuis/planyourvisit/managed-hunts.htm.
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.
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.
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 freshwater ponds are home to snakes and alligators.
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.
What To Bring
The park entrance fee is not included with the purchase of a ferry ticket. You must purchase on-site before boarding the ferry. Please be aware that there is NOTHING available for purchase once you get to Cumberland Island, so you must come prepared. You may bring coolers and any bags that you can comfortably carry. You must pack out all of your trash. Please bring water, food, sunscreen, walking shoes, rain gear, a hat, sunglasses, and anything else you think you’ll need for the day. The ferry sells ice, firewood, potato chips, and drinks, only when the ferry is docked at Sea Camp. We want everyone to have a great experience – please plan ahead!