Basic Information

113 St. Marys St W
St. Marys, GA 31558

Driving Directions To reach the visitor center from Interstate 95: • Take Exit 3 for US 40 • Take US 40 East toward “Historic Downtown St. Marys” • US 40 becomes Osborne Rd. Continue on until you reach the waterfront • Turn right on St. Marys Rd • The visitor center will be two blocks down on your left (113 St. Marys St W, St Marys GA 31558)

Cumberland Island National Seashore

The park is open 24 hours a day, all year. The island is only accessible by boat. The visitor center, other facilities, ferry operations, and docks for private boats all have separate hours, however; please see descriptions of those facilities elsewhere.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: Open 24 hours
  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours

Cumberland Island’s climate is hot and humid during summer when temperatures tend to be in the 80's (>26 C) and mild during winter when temperatures tend to be in the 60's (<20 C). The warmest month of the year is July with an average high of 90 degrees F (32 C), while the coldest is January with an average low of 45 degrees F (44 C). The annual precipitation is 49 Inches. Summer months tend to be wetter than winter months. The wettest month of the year is September with an average rainfall of 6.9 Inches.

Entrance Fees:

Entrance Fee - Adults 16 and over - $7.00

This per-person fee is valid for seven consecutive days.

Sea Camp Campground - $22.00

Permit fee is per night, for an individual campsite at the Sea Camp Campground. Permits are good for up to six people.

Stafford Beach Campground - $12.00

Permit fee is for one night, for an individual campsite at Stafford Beach Campground. Permit is good for up to six people.

Hickory Hill Campground - $9.00

Permit is good for one night at Hickory Hill Campground. This is a wilderness campground. Camping must be in the designated campground area but specific sites are not assigned. Permit is good for up to 6 people.

Yankee Paradise Campground - $9.00

Permit is good for one night at Yankee Paradise Campground. This is a wilderness campground. Camping must be in the designated campground area but specific sites are not assigned. Permit is good for up to 6 people.

Brickhill Bluff Campground - $9.00

Permit is good for one night at Brickhill Bluff Campground. This is a wilderness campground. Camping must be in the designated campground area but specific sites are not assigned. Permit is good for up to 6 people.

Sea Camp Groupsite - $40.00

Permit fee is good for one night at a designated groupsite at Sea Camp Campground. Permit is good for 7 - 20 people.

Entrance Passes:

Cumberland Island National Seashore Annual Pass - $30.00

The pass is good for one calendar year from month of purchase. The pass admits only the pass holder.

Mainland Visitor Center

The Mainland Visitor Center is located at the waterfront in downtown St. Marys, GA. Visitors taking a ferry to the island should check in at this location 1 hour prior to departure. The visitor center offers exhibits, a bookstore with memorabilia, and information to help you plan your visit to the island. Rangers are available to answer questions, sell park passes, and issue camping permits for private boaters. Long term parking is located one block west on the north side of the street.

Sea Camp Ranger Station

Located at the Sea Camp dock on Cumberland Island. Visitors camping on the island must visit Sea Camp for a quick orientation and to receive their camping permits. Volunteers and rangers staff the station when available throughout the day. Here visitors can get information, see exhibits, attend interpretive programs, and rent bicycles when the ferry arrives.

Mainland Museum

Exhibits explore the cultural and natural history of the island from prehistoric American Indian lives, through British occupation during the war of 1812, the Plantation Era, the Gilded Age, and the island today.

 
undeveloped beach on a sunny day; sand dunes with vegetation
Undeveloped beach on Cumberland Island

NPS Photo

Cumberland Island is located six miles east of St. Marys, Georgia, and is only accessible by boat.

A concession operated passenger ferry departs from downtown St. Marys. Days and times of operation vary seasonally.
Operating Hours & Seasons
Reservations for the ferry are recommended
Cumberland Island Ferry

The ferry does not transport pets, kayaks, or cars. Charter services are available through NPS concessionaire.
Call to book your private charter 912-882-4452

Check in begins at the Visitor Center 1 hour before departure time. All reservation holders must check in. Any reservations not checked in 30 minutes prior to departure are subject to cancellation.

Private boats can dock - 7 days a week - inside the north end of the Sea Camp Dock. All of Plum Orchard dock is open and usable. Space is limited and all docking is first come, first serve. There is no overnight docking. Dungeness dock remains closed.

There are over 50 miles of trails and roads as well as 18 miles of beach. Hiking, biking, camping, birdwatching, and beachcombing are popular activities on the island.

There are no amenities on the island beyond the restrooms and water fountains. You should bring lunch and water bottles to refill. Be Ready!

Last updated: November 28, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

101 Wheeler St
St. Marys, GA 31558

Phone:

(912) 882-4336

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