The largest barrier island in the state of Georgia is Cumberland Island. It measures 17.5 miles long it is positioned near the Florida border. The island has a long history as it was originally a plantation before the wealthy Carnegie family ventured to Cumberland during the winter months. One of the most notable features of the island is the wild horses. Here are answers to some of the most common questions about visiting Cumberland Island State Park

What Is There To Do On Cumberland Island

There are many fun outdoor activities to do when visiting the island. Options are available for all age groups.


Bring along a fishing rod when you cross over on the ferry. Both freshwater and saltwater fishing is available on the island. The ponds have an abundance of bluegill and largemouth bass. 

Saltwater fishing on Cumberland is excellent for redfish, sea trout, blue crabs, shrimp, and flounder. 

Before you cast a line, make sure to obtain a Georgia freshwater or saltwater fishing license, depending on which you are fishing. 

Boating and Kayaking

Come to the island by private boat or kayak. Dockage is available for boats under 25 feet in length. While you’re boating in the area, venture around the navigable parts of the island to catch a glimps from a different perspective. 


Bring along your bike or rent one on the island for the opportunity to travel along the unpaved roads with the fastest means of transportation available.


Venture on the 50 miles of trails that weave through historic areas, the beaches, and marshy wetlands that is home to an abundance of wildlife. 


The island offers 17 miles of beach. Explorers can search for shells and shark’s teeth, lounge in the sun, or cool off in the Atlantic ocean waters.

Guided Tours

Learn the history of the island told by a park employee who knows it well. There are ruins and historical structures to be visited on the guided tour. 

Animal Life

Cumberland Island has an abundance of wildlife. During your stay, you will see wild horses, deer, bobcat, otters, sea turtles, and turkeys.

Can You Stay On Cumberland Island

The state park features five campgrounds. Bring along all of your gear via the ferry boat ride. For the opportunity to camp on the island, reservations must be made in advance because the campsites quickly fill, especially during holiday weekends. 

How Much Does It Cost To Go To Cumberland Island

Fortunately, a ferry runs between St. Mary’s, Georgia, and Cumberland Island multiple times per day. The one way fare is broken down by age.

Children five and under are free

Children between 6 and 15 are admitted for 10 dollars

14 dollars for seniors

Adults may board the ferry for 15 dollars

Keep in mind, if you are bringing a bike, the transport fee is ten dollars.

Are Cars Allowed On Cumberland Island

Cars are not allowed on Cumberland Island except for park staff. The only means of transportation on the island for visitors is by bicycle or by foot. As a result, you will not hear any noise pollution. Enjoy the uninterrupted peaceful sounds of nature

Is Cumberland Island Worth The Trip

Cumberland Island is well worth the visit. Most important are the fantastic coastal shores that are preserved forever because the island is a state park. The next time you are in Georgia, add the largest island to your list of places to see. During your visit, you may have the opportunity to view a sea turtle climbing the beach to lay eggs. However, even if you don’t, there is plenty of other amazing things to see and do on Cumberland Island.