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one of the feral horses on the island
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Cumberland Island National Seashore

Ferry is located at 113 St. Marys Street St. Marys, GA 31558.
The visitor center is open from 8:00am-4:00 pm. Ferry schedule varies by season.
912-882-4336 1 day
January 2013 Fall, Winter, Spring
$10-29 - Georgia
Website Nature National Seashores
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Cumberland Island is the largest barrier island in Georgia at 36,000 acres and 9,800 acres are wilderness. Popular activities include hiking, camping and exploring both existing homes and home ruins of prior residents. Cumberland is mostly owned by the US Park Service, which offers a Land and Legacy Tour of the island's history or you can explore on your own. Bike rentals are available on the island. Cumberland is accessible only by boat.

The national seashore has 17 miles of pristine ocean beaches, large saltwater marshes and expansive maritime forests. Wildlife includes a variety of resident and migrating birds. There also are deer, alligator and about 140 feral horses (which leave many presents for you to step in). Famous island residents included Revolutionary War hero Nathaniel Green and also the Carnegie family. Carnegie’s descendants were mainly responsible for preserving the island, and it became a national seashore in 1972. Some people with life estates still live and drive cars on the island.

The Land and Legacy Tour is a convenient way to see and learn about the island via a van driven by a park ranger. The tour included four main stops which focus on different aspects of the island’s history: a small graveyard – relating to an antebellum plantation, Plum Orchard Mansion – estate owned by a Carnegie, a former wharf – connected to a hotel and early island tourism and a historic black church – a distinctive island community. The ranger was upbeat and informative, but since the tour is mostly narration, its quality will depend greatly on the ranger’s communication skills. The tour lasts all day and after the tour if you hustle you will have enough time to walk to the Dungeness ruins to see the main Carnegie home site. Visiting Cumberland was enjoyable. It's interesting both from a natural and historical perspective, and the tour is a distinctive local excursion. The tours have limited capacity, so reservations are a good idea.
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Plum Orchard Mansion