Cumberland Island is only accessible by passenger ferry or private boat. The ferry schedule changes seasonally, so make sure you check the schedule and secure a reservation. Space is limited on the boat, so reservations are highly recommended, especially for busy times.
The ferry will depart from the mainland visitor center in Saint Marys, GA. On the island, the ferry will drop off at both the Dungeness and Sea Camp docks. Visitors wishing to have easy access to the Dungeness Ruins should get off at the first stop. Campers, Lands and Legacy Tour riders, visitors with bikes or who wish to rent bikes will need to get off at the second stop, Sea Camp.
The ferry will pick up visitors at 2:45 pm (when available) and 4:45 pm from both the Sea Camp an Dungeness docks. Please be at the dock 15 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time. The 10:15 am ferry only leaves from Sea Camp.
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 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
Drop off people & gear
Load your camping gear and bikes on the ferry
Handicap parking is available
2. 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
3. Be at the ferry dock next to visitor center at least 10 minutes prior to departure.
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 or Dungeness 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: August 29, 2021