Important for Campers
* You must have a reservation to camp on the island
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Information to help you plan and prepare for your camping trip to Cumberland Island National Seashore. Additional information for camping at designated wilderness sites is available at www.nps.gov/cuis.
Making Camping Reservations
To make reservations for camping please visit:
search "Cumberland Island National Seashore"
Reservations can be made up to six months in advance.
Permits and Fee Requirements
Camping Rules and Restrictions
America the Beautiful Passes - DiscountsSenior and Access passholders are entitled to a 50% discount on camping fees at individual sites. The pass number can be entered on Recreation.gov at the time of reservation. The passholder must occupy the site. Present the pass in person, with ID at the Mainland Visitor Center during check in.
*No pass discounts on group campsites.
Returning on the ferry?
Campers staying at Sea Camp Campground
Campers staying at Stafford Beach, Hickory Hill, Yankee Paradise, and Brickhill Bluff Campgrounds
Campers can make a special request to return on the 4:45 P.M. ferry by contacting the Ferry Office. Due to the likelihood that the 4:45 P.M. ferry will be full, these requests will be subject to availability.
Cumberland Island offers five campgrounds , which include designated campsites at Sea Camp and Stafford Beach; and Wilderness campsites at: Hickory Hill, Yankee Paradise and Brickhill Bluff. Camping is only permitted in these five campgrounds. A permit is required to camp in any of these five camping areas.
Refund & Cancellation Policy
Changes Before Permit is Printed:
The Refund and Cancellation Policy will be applied to all changes to the reservation. The start date of the reservation cannot be changed without cancelling the reservation. A new reservation must be made. Cancellation fees apply and fees associated with making a new reservation apply. Reservations are non-transferable.
After Permit is Printed:
Changes cannot be made to permit once it is printed. Changes will require a cancellation of the permit and reserving a new permit, if space is available. All cancellation fees and new reservation fees apply.
No Show Policy
If you do not cancel and decide not to use your reservation, none of the fees will be refunded. Please cancel your reservation if you are unable to use it as this opens space for others.
Last updated: July 19, 2023