Operating Hours & Seasons

Ferry Times & Schedule
  • Check begins one hour before ferry departure at the Mainland Visitor Center. All unclaimed reservations will be cancelled 30 minutes prior to departure and those spots will be offered to walk-in visitors.
  • Prior reservations are highly encouraged. Ferry trips regularly sell out in advance.
  • The ferry ride takes approximately 45 minutes.
  • COVID-19 UPDATE: The NPS has updated its masking guidance based on the CDC’s COVID-19 Community Levels tool, which helps communities decide what prevention steps to take. Masking requirements will vary by park based on local conditions, however masks are still required on all forms of enclosed public transportation. Updates will be posted on individual park websites and in parks to help you plan your visit.  In areas CDC identifies as high COVID-19 community level, masks are required for everyone in all NPS buildings, regardless of vaccination status. In most low and medium COVID-19 community level areas, masks are optional, and you are welcome to wear a mask if it makes you more comfortable. Additional details are available at www.nps.gov/coronavirus.

Spring, Summer, & Fall Schedule
(7 days a week March 1st - November 30th)

Departures Returns
9:00 A.M. 10:15 A.M.
11:45 A.M. 2:45 P.M. (Mon - Sat)*
4:45 P.M.
* 2:45 P.M. return available March 1st through September 30th

Winter Schedule
(5 days a week, no service on Tuesdays & Wednesdays, December 1st - February 28th)
Departures Returns
9:00 A.M. 10:15 A.M.
11:45 A.M. 4:45 P.M.

Visit www.cumberlandislandferry.com to make ferry reservations.

Please visit the Camping Page for information on scheduling return times.
Park Building Hours

Mainland Visitor Center
113 West St. Marys Street, St. Marys, GA 31558
Open Daily 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Sea Camp Ranger Station
Located at the Sea Camp dock on Cumberland Island.
Open Daily 10:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. when staff is available.

Mainland Museum

129 Osborne St. St. Marys, GA 31558
Open Daily 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
UPDATE: The main land museum is scheduled to close starting September 12, 2022 for needed updates to collection storage facilities. The closure is expected to last roughly 8 weeks. Several exhibits will be moved to the visitor center during the closure.

All park buildings are closed December 25th.

Last updated: September 12, 2022

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Mailing Address:

101 Wheeler St
St. Marys , GA 31558


912 882-4336

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