Unpaved Road

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).

Know your distances
Sandy Road Surface
All roads are sand on the Island making riding more challenging.

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Rules & Regulations

  • Bikes can be ridden on roads that are not marked private
  • Bikes cannot be on any trails (but can be taken over to Sea Camp Campground)
  • Pull to the side of the road to allow vehicles to pass
  • Walk bikes when crossing boardwalks
  • Peddle Assist, electric, and motorized bikes are prohibited.
bikes in a rack next to Sea Camp Ranger Station
Rental bikes at Sea Camp are Adult sized "Beach Cruisers".

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Renting a Bike on the Island

Bikes are available for rent at the Sea Camp Dock when the ferry arrives. All bike rentals are managed by the Cumberland Island Ferry.

Day Rental = $16
Overnight Rental = $20
  • Rental bikes are not permitted on the beach
  • Bikes must be returned to the Sea Camp Dock
  • Only Adult sized bicycles are for rent

Reserve In Advance

Starting February 15th, 2019 - Space for personal bikes can now be reserved in advance while making your reservation. Remaining space will be sold first-come-first-serve the day of departure.

Reserve space for your personal bike
two visitors ride bikes on sandy road under tree canopy
Bringing your own bike is fun, but be sure to either reserve space ahead of time or arrive early to the ferry on the day of departure. Space is limited.

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Bring Your Own Bike on the Ferry

Bringing 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.
  • Space is limited to 10 bikes per ferry trip
  • Transport fee of $10 per bike
  • Starting February 15th, 2019 - Space for personal bikes can be reserved in advance while making a ferry reservation
  • Any available space for bikes on the day of departure is sold first come-first serve during mainland check in
  • Privately owned bikes can only be ridden on the beach between the Dungeness and Sea Camp beach crossings. Bikes are prohibited on all other areas of the beach.

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.

See how far Plum is

Taking your bike to your campsite

Sea 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).

Wilderness Campgrounds
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: June 21, 2019

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Mailing Address:

101 Wheeler St
St. Marys, GA 31558


(912) 882-4336

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