Cumberland Island Ferry
Cumberland Island National Seashore Open for Limited Access
(St. Marys, GA) Twenty days after Hurricane Matthew made landfall, Cumberland Island National Seashore will restore ferry service to the Sea Camp dock only and open the Sea Camp and Stafford campgrounds beginning Friday, October 28th. Wilderness campgrounds and trails north of Stafford Beach will remain closed. Dungeness Dock remains closed for an undetermined timeframe and neither dock is available to private boaters. These docks sustained substantial damage and along with the closure areas require on-going recovery efforts.
Ferry service will resume as normal with a 9:00 AM and 11:45 AM departure from the St. Marys Visitor Center and a 4:45 PM return from the Sea Camp dock to the mainland. The Lands and Legacies tours will also resume on a normal schedule and route. Reservations for the ferry and this tour can be made by calling 1-877-860-6787 or visiting cumberlandislandferry.com for online booking. “A lot of hard work went into getting this small section of the Sea Camp dock ready to safely restore ferry service to the south end,” remarked Superintendent Gary Ingram, “We are thrilled to be able to welcome visitors back to the island.”
Campers and day-use visitors alike can expect a spectacular trip to the beach and a dockside program at the Sea Camp Ranger Station at 4:00 PM. The Dungeness Historic District is open and is accessible by walking or bicycling the 1.25 miles one-way to the ruins and or Ice House museum.
Plum Orchard mansion will be open for historic home tours tomorrow starting at 10:00 AM. These tours are free of charge and will resume a regular schedule on Saturday October 29th. Tours are six-times per day at 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM. Plum Orchard is located 7-miles (one-way) north of the Sea Camp ranger station and is accessible by hiking, bicycling, or being a guest on the Lands and Legacies Tour.
The Cumberland Island National Seashore museum in downtown St. Marys sustained water damage and is undergoing remediation work. It is undetermined at this time when the museum will re-open to the public.
National Park Service staff would like to thank the community for its patience as we have worked through the recovery process to this point and as we continue to progress with recovery efforts in the immediate future. “The island, like this community, is resilient, and we will move forward in a positive way together,” said Superintendent Ingram.
Cumberland Island is the largest barrier island off the coast of Georgia, encompassing more than 36,000 acres of maritime forests, salt marsh and beaches. The island is also home to over 9,800 acres of congressionally designated wilderness. The island’s natural and cultural resources provide a rich and diverse habitat for wildlife and offer a glimpse into the long history of coastal Georgia. The seashore is accessible by pedestrian-only passenger ferry from the historic community of St. Marys.
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