Cumberland Island National Seashore is home to many beautiful cultural and natural settings which are ideal venues for a variety of special activities such as events, wedding ceremonies, and film and photography projects. Most special events and activities held in the park require a special use permit, issued only after the National Park Service (NPS) determines that the activities involved will not impair park values and resources. Please note that there are usage limits for the number of people for any special activity.
A special use permit is required for activities that provide a benefit to an individual, group, or organization rather than the public at large and that require some degree of management from the National Park Service to protect park resources and the public interest. Some examples of special events that require permits are:
non-competitive sporting events
public spectator attractions
A photography/filming permit is required for any filming or photography involving models, sets, or props. For more information about photography and filming permits, including restrictions and application procedures, see Photography and Filming.
Many of the Park's settings are ideally suited for small, informal weddings. All weddings require an approved wedding special use permit.
First Amendment Activities
Freedom of speech, press, religion, and assembly are constitutional rights. However, the courts have recognized that activities associated with the exercise of these rights may be reasonably regulated to protect park resources. Therefore, all first amendment activities require special use permits and the NPS may regulate the time, place, and manner in which they are conducted. Some examples of special events that require permits are: distribution and/or sale of printed matter religious services public demonstrations or assemblies, etc. collecting signature for petitions.
Other activities may require permits if there is the potential for interference with visitor use, congestion of a highly visited area, or possible impact on park resources.
Weddings, Special Events, First Amendment Activities, and Applicable Miscellaneous Activities: To apply for a special use permit for these activities, download an application, fill it out, and send it to: Cumberland Island National Seashore 101 Wheeler Street St Marys, GA 31558 Attn: Special Use Permits
Special instructions are listed on the application form; please read carefully. A completed application must be accompanied by a non-refundable application fee of $50 in the form of a personal check, cashier's check or money order made payable to National Park Service
These activities require different permits. For application procedures and fees, download the special use permit application fill it out, and send it to: Cumberland Island National Seashore 101 Wheeler Street St Marys, GA 31558 Attn: Commercial Photography and Filming.
Special instructions are listed on the application form; please read carefully. A completed application must be accompanied by a non-refundable application fee of $50 in the form of a personal check, cashier's check or money order made payable to National Park Service.
Commercial Use Authorizations
Commercial Use Authorizations authorize suitable commercial services to occur in park areas when the Director determines that the services are necessary and appropriate. These services will have minimal impact on park resources and values and are consistent with the purpose for which the unit was established.
Permits are issued only under the following conditions: commercial operations with annual gross receipts of not more than $25,000.00 resulting from services that provide services originating and terminating outside of the boundaries of the park unit; or such uses by organized children's camps, outdoor clubs, nonprofit institutions (including backcountry use), and such other uses as the Secretary of the Interior deems appropriate.
Non Profit institutions will be requires to obtain commercial use authorization only when they generate taxable income form the authorized use.
To apply for a commercial use authorization for these activities, download an application, fill it out, and send it to: Cumberland Island National Seashore 101 Wheeler Street St Marys, GA 31558 Attn: commercial use authorization
Did You Know?
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.