New Check In Process
In order to protect visitors and employees, a new check-in process has been implemented. Entry and exit from visitor center is one way. Follow signs and arrows to enter through the southeast corner. One person per reservation is requested for check-in. Download this map and checklist to prepare for your trip to the island.
Checklist for Visiting Cumberland IslandFollow this list to be prepared for your trip. Print a copy here.
Make reservations for the ferry & your bike – www.cumberlandislandferry.com
Make camping reservations – www.recreation.gov
Before You Arrive
Pack the essentials – water bottle, food, bug spray, sun screen, trash bag, an extra
layer of clothing, hand sanitizer and a face covering.
Have a plan for what you would like to do and see – Watch the Southend Loop Route video
Check the weather forecast
Print your camping permit
Morning Of Your Trip
Arrive 1 hour before ferry departure time
Bring your ID & America the Beautiful Public Lands Pass if you have one
Check In Process
1. Go to the visitor center to:
Check in for camping reservations
Grab a map
2. Drive 2 blocks East to the Loading Zone to:
Drop off people & gear
Load your camping gear and bikes on the ferry
Handicap parking is available
3. Park your vehicle in the Cumberland Island Parking lot, 1 block west of the visitor center.
All vehicles – day visitors and campers- must be parked in the lot
Lock doors & don’t leave valuables in sight
4. Be at the ferry dock at least 10 minutes prior to departure.
It is 3 blocks from the parking lot to ferry dock; leave enough time to walk it
Practice social distancing by standing on the turtles
Have your face covering ready to wear
Make sure you have ferry tickets & gear
On The Island
Rent carts + bikes by the Sea Camp Ranger Station while the ferry is in dock
Be back at Sea Camp Dock 15 minutes before scheduled departure
Campers hang permits on campsite markers when you get to your site (at wilderness
sites, leave the permit with your tent)
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This 4.3 mile loop is the most popular route taken by day visitors to Cumberland Island. It showcases a variety of what the island has to offer.
Last updated: January 13, 2021