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    Cumberland Island

    National Seashore Georgia

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Operating Hours & Seasons

The visitor center is open daily 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Park facilities are closed on December 25.

Cumberland Island is located seven miles east of St. Marys, Georgia, and is only accessible by boat. A concession operated passenger only, foot ferry departs from downtown St. Marys. Reservations for the are recommended. Find out how to make reservations by clicking here.

The ferry does not transport pets, bicycles, kayaks, or cars. Charter services are available through NPS concessionaire.

Visitors must check in at the Cumberland Island Visitor Center 30 minutes prior to departure. Failure to check in will result in cancellation of reservation.

The ferry boat schedule is as follows:

Spring/Summer/Fall (March 1 to November 30)

The ferry departs St. Marys at 9:00 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., and departs from Cumberland Island at 10:15 a.m. and 4:45 p.m., daily.

Spring/Summer (March 1 to August 31)

There is also a 2:45 p.m. departure from Cumberland Island Wednesday through Saturday.

Winter (December 1 to February 28)

The ferry departs St. Marys at 9:00 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., and departs from Cumberland Island at 10:15 a.m. and 4:45 p.m., Thursday through Monday.

Did You Know?

Loggerhead Sea Turtle

There are many special species that rely on barrier islands such as Cumberland. They include wood storks, piping plovers, least terns, gopher tortoises, manatees and sea turtles.