Pets On The Island

Pets are permitted on Cumberland Island but they must be transported over on private boats. The ferry does not transport pets.

Please do the following to help ensure you, your pet, other visitors, and the animals who call Cumberland Island home all have a safe, enjoyable visit: ·

  • Pets must be kept on a leash and under control at all times.
  • Please pick up after your pet and dispose of their waste properly.
  • Pets can visit for the day only. They are not permitted in campgrounds.
  • Please do not let your pet dig or harass wildlife.
  • Weather conditions can be extreme at times and your pet is as susceptible as you. Please take care to provide water and shelter for your animal, particularly during times of extreme heat.
  • You and your pet can travel park roads and trails on the southern end of the island;however pets are not permitted in the designated wilderness area that encompasses most of the north half of the island. Please take care to plan your hiking properly and abide by all signage.
  • If you bring food for your animal please do not leave it unattended and pack all leftovers off with you.
Service Animals

"Service animal means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition.

The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler's disability. Examples of work or tasks include, but are not limited to, assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, providing non-violent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities, and helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors.

The crime deterrent effects of an animal's presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition."

- The Americans with Disabilities Act

Service animals are permitted to travel with their owners everywhere: on the ferry, in campgrounds, and in park buildings.

View the pet regulations in the Superintendent's Compendium.

Last updated: May 31, 2023

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