COVID-19 Safety

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

Beginning Sunday, October 25, 2020, Cumberland Island National Seashore will restore access to its Mainland Museum located on Osborne Street, St. Marys, GA under its normal operating hours of Sunday through Saturday, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. There will be a capacity limit of 10-people in the museum at one time, first come, first served with no reservations.


In addition, the following spaces continue to be available:

  • Ferry service at full capacity; (concession operation requires all passengers wear face coverings at all times aboard the ferry because 6-foot of distance is difficult to maintain during sailing; see www.cumberlandislandferry.com for more information.)
  • Bicycle and cart rentals; (concession operation)
  • Mainland Visitor Center with capacity limits;
  • Mainland Visitor Center restrooms;
  • Sea Camp Ranger Station with capacity limits;
  • Ice House Museum with capacity limits;
  • Limited public programming at Sea Camp Ranger Station with capacity limits;
  • 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.

With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed:

  • Lands and Legacies Tours; (concession operation)
  • Plum Orchard Mansion historic home tours;
  • On-site and/or in-classroom education programming.

“The opening of the mainland museum will give our gateway community of St. Marys another option to offer visitors and provide an opportunity for them to learn about the rich cultural and natural history of Cumberland Island,” said Superintendent Gary Ingram.

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

A safe and enjoyable park experience begins at home. The NPS encourages visitors to plan their visit by checking the park’s website and social media for current conditions and travel tips. The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We ask the public to be our partner in recreating responsibly, by following CDC and state and local guidance, social distancing, and wearing a face covering when social distance cannot be maintained.

We ask visitors to be our partner in adopting social distancing practices, follow the 10 Essentials for a safe visit, and if you are sick, stay home. We encourage visitors to pack essential items like water, face coverings and hand sanitizer. Check the park’s website and social media platform, for updates as operations are changing regularly, https://www.nps.gov/cuis/planyourvisit/be-ready.htm.

Read the full press release here.

 
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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.
  • 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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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."
Stay safe when visiting national parks.

NPS / Matt Turner

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
 
Infographic entitled “Social Distancing” with illustrations of a person climbing a mountain and a hiker near trees. Additional text and graphics include “Observe wildlife rules...but with people!; an image of washing hands with text “Wash your hands often
Help us slow the spread

NPS / Matt Turner

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: April 10, 2021

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Mailing Address:

101 Wheeler St
St. Marys, GA 31558

Phone:

(912) 882-4336

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