There are no paved roads on the island. All roads, including the Main Road, are sandy surfaces. Conditions can vary but often the surface is soft, making riding more difficult and slower. Bikes will need wider tires to be ridable (no thin street tires).
Rules & Regulations
Bring Your Own Bike on the FerryBringing your own bike is a great way to explore the island, but space is limited on the ferry. All personal bike transportation is managed by the Cumberland Island Ferry.
Reserve In Advance
Reserve space on the ferry for your personal bike in advance while making your ferry ticket reservation. Remaining space will be sold first-come-first-serve the day of departure (limit 15 bikes per ferry).
Biking to Plum Orchard
Plum Orchard is a 14 mile round trip. If road conditions are poor it can take several hours. Water is available at Sea Camp & Plum Orchard only, so fill up before heading out. Not recommended for short day trips.
Biking on the Beach
E-BikesThe term "E-bike" refers to two or three wheeled bikes with fully operable pedals and an electric motor.
Taking your bike to your campsiteSea Camp and Stafford Beach Campgrounds
Bikes can be taken to Sea Camp and Stafford Beach Campgrounds. They must stay on designated roads and cannot be taken on trails. (They can be taken the short distance from the main road to Sea Camp).
Bikes can be ridden north on the main park road but they cannot be taken to the wilderness campgrounds. They can be set off the side of the road (within 15 feet) and can be secured to trees.
Familiarize yourself with the wilderness boundary (marked on the map) and watch for wilderness boundary signs on the island. No mechanized transportation can be used within congressionally designated wilderness.
Last updated: February 14, 2024