Where Nature and History Meet

St Marys is the gateway to Cumberland Island, Georgia's largest and southernmost barrier island. Here pristine maritime forests, undeveloped beaches and wide marshes whisper the stories of both man and nature. Natives, missionaries, enslaved African Americans and Wealthy Industrialists all walked here.  Cumberland Island is also home to over 9,800 acres of Congressionally designated Wilderness.

Decorated Ingle Nook at Plum Orchard

Plum Orchard Christmas Tour

Take a special ferry ride to Plum Orchard mansion and stroll through rooms decked in traditional early 1900s decorations.

Fire burning in palmettos at water's edge

Wildland Fire

Learn more about wildland fire management on Cumberland Island.

A white ferry boat carrying passengers approaching the dock of a tree covered island.

Ferry Times and Schedules

Find out what you need to know about ferry times and seasonal schedules so you can plan your trip to the island.

Tent under live oaks with pack hung

Online Camping Reservations

If you are looking to camp on Cumberland Island you will make your reservation online through Recreation.gov.

visitors gaze at the expansive marsh while under trees draped with spanish moss

Be Ready! for your visit.

The Be Ready! page provides info on the new check in process, a checklist for being prepared, and video & trail guide to the Southend Loop.

One room white church with a red rundown house in the back

Lands and Legacies Guided Tour

Take a 30 mile guided van tour, over rough roads and through dense forests, to explore the history and environment of the northern island.

Rent or Bring your Bike


Biking can be a great way to explore the island. Find out how.

Park volunteer assists with the Plum Orchard holiday event


There are a number of ways to take part and volunteer at Cumberland Island. Learn more about what current opening might be right for you.

Last updated: November 27, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

101 Wheeler St
St. Marys, GA 31558


(912) 882-4336

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