Reservations can be made up to six months in advance. Dates will become available a month at a time on the first of each month. (e.g. January 1st - all dates in July become available; February 1st - all dates in August become available; etc.)
Permits and Fee Requirements
Upon check in at the Cumberland Island Mainland Visitor Center, ferry passengers will pay the park entrance fee. Private boaters may pay their entrance fee using the pipe safe on the island. Visit the fees and passes page for fee rates.
The camping permittee must print and retain one copy of the camping permit at all times during the stay. (Online reservations only)
Print one copy of your parking pass and display it on the dashboard so that it is visible through the windshield. (Online reservations only)
Camping Rules and Restrictions
Stay Limit: 7 consecutive nights.
Maximum campers and equipment: The individual site maximum is six persons and three tents. The Sea Camp Group Campground maximum is 20 people and 10 tents. Children two years of age and under do not count toward the maximum.
Gear Transport: Campers are responsible for transporting gear from the dock to the campgrounds.
Campfires: Use designated fire rings only. You may gather dead and down wood or purchase bundles of firewood on the ferry.
Check out time: 10:00 a.m.
Quiet hours: 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
Food and Trash Storage: Store or hang all food and trash. Raccoons are common. Follow Leave No Trace principles
Drinking Water: Available at Plum Orchard and all areas south of Sea Camp. Treat water at all other areas of the island.
No Pets: Only service animals are permitted in campgrounds.
No Lifeguards. Swim at your own risk.
All animals on the island - including horses - are wild! Do not approach within 50 feet of horses; they may bite or kick.
America the Beautiful Passes
Senior and Access passholders are entitled to a 50% discount on camping fees at individual sites. The reservation/permit must be in the passholders name. The pass must be presented in person at the Mainland Visitor Center. The discount will be processed on site.
*No pass discounts on group campsites.
Returning on the ferry?
Campers staying at Sea Camp and Stafford Beach Campgrounds
you are required to return on the 10:15 A.M. ferry from Sea Camp Dock
Campers staying at Hickory Hill, Yankee Paradise, and Brickhill Bluff Campgrounds
you are required to return on the 2:45 P.M. ferry from Sea Camp Dock on dates when it is operating.
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.
Camping with a Bike
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).
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.
Sea Camp Campground
Located just a half mile from Sea Camp Dock and Ranger Station, this campground is the largest, most developed, and most popular campground on the island. It is common for this campground to fill up.
Distance from dock: Half mile from Sea Camp Dock Price: $4.00 per person per night through April 30th, 2017
$22.00 per campsite May 1st, 2017 and future dates
$40.00 per group site May 1st, 2017 and future dates # of sites: 16 individual sites up to 6 campers each
2 sites of up to 20 campers each Restrooms: Yes, with dish washing sink Showers: Yes (cold) Water: Drinkable Fires: Yes (designated fire rings with grills) Picnic Tables: Yes Food Storage: Yes (elevated cages) Beach Access: Short Boardwalk (Wheelchair Accessible)
This campground is a bit smaller and more primitive than Sea Camp, but still offers the comforts of restrooms and fire rings. It is common for this campground to fill up.
Distance from dock: Three and a half miles from Sea Camp Dock Price: $2.00 per person per night through April 30th, 2017
$12.00 per site May 1st, 2017 and all future dates # of sites: 10 Restrooms: Yes Showers: Yes (cold) Water: Must be treated before drinking (boil, filter, UV, or chemical) Fires:Yes (designated fire rings with grills) Picnic Tables: No Food Storage: No (be prepared to hang all food and trash) Beach Access: Short Trail
There are three designated campgrounds located within Cumberland Island's designated wilderness. Camping at any of these sites offers a different experience from developed campgrounds. Campers should be well prepared, have proper gear, be knowledgeable in its use, and self reliant. For those ready to meet the challenges of wilderness travel, they will be greeted with solitude, beauty, and an escape like no other.
Distance from Sea Camp Dock:
Hickory Hill- 5.5 miles north; located in the middle of the maritime forest Yankee Paradise- 7.5 miles north; located 1 mile from Plum Orchard Mansion Brickhill Bluff- 10.5 miles north; located on a short bluff overlooking the Brickhill River
Price:$2.00 per person per night through April 30th, 2017
$9.00 per permit May 1st, 2017 and all future dates # of Permits: 4 permits per campground* Restrooms: No Showers: No Water: Nearby Sulphur Wells (must be treated) Fires: No (portable camp stoves can be used for cooking) Picnic Tables: No Food Storage: No (be prepared to hang food and trash)
*There are no designated campsites at the wilderness campgrounds. Set up camp within 50 yards of the designated signs at each site. Tread lightly. Try to limit your impact by not creating new camping areas or trenching around tents.