COVID-19 Safety

UPDATE 9/8/2022: Face coverings are REQUIRED in all park buildings, and are still REQUIRED while riding inside the cabin on the ferry, and on the Lands and Legacies tour.
Consistent with CDC guidance, areas of substantial or high transmission, visitors to Cumberland Island National Seashore, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask inside all park buildings.


Cumberland Island has entered into phase two of our adaptive recovery plan. Read on to see what this means for your visit.

As the National Park Service (NPS) monitors and responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, we work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health to use the latest science to guide our decision making.  Access to Cumberland Island National Seashore is as follows:

Open:

· Beginning September 4, 2021, Plum Orchard Mansion opens daily for tours at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm. Tour capacity is reduced to 10 people per tour.

· Mainland Visitor Center in St. Marys, Georgia is open daily from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm with capacity limits.

· Ferry service is at full capacity. See www.cumberlandislandferry.com for more information.

· Mainland Museum in St. Marys, Georgia is open daily from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm with capacity limits.

· Sea Camp Ranger Station located at the Sea Camp Dock on the island is open from 9:45 am to 4:30 pm daily with capacity limits, limited public programming.

· Ice House Museum located at the Dungeness Dock on the island is open from 9:45 am to 4:30 pm daily with capacity limits.

· Walking tours are offered based on staff availability.

· Public restrooms are open on the mainland until 4:00 pm; on the island until 4:30 pm.

· All park trails are opened unless otherwise alerted due to extenuating circumstances.

· Commercial Use Authorizations with appropriate mitigation.

· Special Use Permits as appropriate to phase of re-opening.

· Camping at full capacity at Sea Camp, including group sites, Stafford Beach, and all three wilderness areas: Hickory Hill, Yankee Paradise, and Brick Hill Bluff. Concession cart rentals are open.

· Public docks are located on the north end of each dock, Dungeness, Sea Camp, and Plum Orchard. Each is open from sunrise to sunset on a first come first served basis for boats under 25-feet.

Closed:

· Concession on-island bike rentals suspended until new bikes arrive; supply has been disrupted by impacts of Covid-19 on manufacturing and delivery.

While the listed areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, services may be limited. Check the park’s website and social media platform, for updates as operations are changing regularly.

 
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Ferry check-in has changed.

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The ferry check-in process has been been modified to provide a safe expereince for our visitors, staff and volunteers.

  • Entry into the visitor center will be one way.
  • Enter through the southeastern gate.
  • Only one person per reservation should enter the line.
  • Face coverings are REQUIRED inside the visitor center.
  • A ranger will be present to answer questions and help guide you through the line.
  • Check with a ranger if you need an accessible entrance into the building.
  • While in line, please stand on the circles to socially distance from the other visitors.
  • Once you have checked in, head outside, meet up with your group and head to the ferry loading zone.
View the check-in checklist and map here.

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Stay safe when visiting national parks.

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Parks can fill our needs to be inspired, to find solace, and to connect with the world around us. With this in mind, we will approach our phased reopening by balancing the protection of these places with the protection and enjoyment of our visitors.

The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19, and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.

As services are limited, the National Park Service urges visitors to:

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
  • Park only in designated areas.
  • Pack out everything you bring into a park.
  • Plan a visit at times other than busiest of the day.
  • Maintain social distance from other visitors.
  • If you encounter a crowded trail-head or overlook, go elsewhere.
 

Visiting Parks Safely

The CDC has issued guidance on how to safely visit parks and open spaces to prevent the spread of infectious disesases

View the guidance here
 
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Help us slow the spread

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While many parks are increasing recreational access for visitor enjoyment, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. We ask the public to please recreate safely and responsibly. Avoid high-risk outdoor activities, follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, and avoid crowding.

To see the latest updates for Cumberland Island, view our news releases or FaceBook page.

 
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Please maintain a 6 ft social distance between other visitors.

NPS / Matt Turner

Local health orders can be found here:

Camden County, GA
Glynn County, GA
Charlton County, GA
Nassau County, FL
Duval County, FL

 

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers and partners continues to be paramount. At Cumberland Island National Seashore, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance and will be regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners and volunteers.

 

What is Open?

Only certain facilities and spaces are currently open on the island. Make sure you know before you go.

See what is open
 
Infographic with text reading “Cumberland Island National Seashore and ferry are back in business! In order to provide a safe experience for our visitors, staff and volunteers the ferry check-in process has been modified”; an image of the downstairs gate entry to the visitor center; an additional image of stanchions forming the ferry check-in line with text “Entry to the visitor center will be one way. Enter through the southeastern gate; Only one person per reservation should enter the line; A ranger will be present to answer questions and help guide you through the line; Check with the ranger if you need an accessible entrance into the building; While in line, please stand on the circles to socially distance from the other visitors”; a map with red arrows pointing from the parking area (marked “P”) to the visitor center (marked “VC”), with text “Once you have checked in, head outside, and meet up with your group at the ferry dock." "Ferry dock" marked in yellow with text, "Load camping gear and bikes on the ferry before passengers load."
Infographic with text reading "Stay Safe, Recreate Responsibly. Please comply with state and local guidance. Avoid crowded areas, pack it in, pack it out, visit a park virtually. US Department of the Interior. National Park Service."
Infographic entitled “Social Distancing” with illustrations of a person hiking in the sand dunes toward the beach. Additional text and graphics include “Observe wildlife rules...but with people!; an image of washing hands with text “Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.”; an image of a house with text “Stay home when sick.”; an image of two hikers with text “Avoid close contact with those that are sick..”; an image of a tissue box with text “When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.”; an image of a hand touching a face with text “Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.”; and an image of a person pushing another person in front of a alligator with text “Still don’t use your friends as alligator bait.”.
Infographic with text reading "A Little Space Goes a Long Way. Stay Safe and Recreate Responsibly. Looking for the best place for #socialdistancing? Many park areas remain accessible to provide that distance, but please do it safely and responsibly! What does 6 feet look like?” First example is 2 picnic tables between 2 people reading “Two picnic tables between friends.” Second example is antlers reading “a moose’s antlers.” Third example is a person on a line reading “a yoga mat.” Fourth example is a person next to a Yellowstone National Park entrance sign reading “a national park sign”. Fifth example is 2 people by park panels reading “two information waysides.” Sixth example is a bear reading “one grizzly bear.”

Last updated: September 8, 2022

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