Day Hike on Cumberland Island, GA
Sat, May 4, 2019 at 12:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Cumberland Island National Seashore Visitor Center - St Marys, GA
113 St Marys St W
Day Hike @ Cumberland Island National Seashore, St Mary's, GA. Ferry required to reach the Island, so READ and FOLLOW all instructions to RSVP. Plan is to walk 6-10 miles on remote island, limited restrooms, limited water and no food available. You must carry your own ample water and a lunch / snacks. Some shade, but plan on being in the sun a lot, as we'll be walking a few miles on the beach. NOT a good beginner's hike, although this gem can be enjoyed as a very casual outing, we're hoping to see areas beyond where most visitors go. YOU MUST MAKE YOUR OWN FERRY RESERVATION! To RSVP; add name to waiting list. Call or make online ferry reservations, about $30. There are 2 departure times for both the morning AND the return trip. We're on the 9:00 AM DEPARTURE FROM ST MARY'S in morning, and 4:45 PM DEPARTURE FROM CUMBERLAND ISLAND in the afternoon. NOTICE, the 11:45 AM Ferry will miss us, and the 2:45 PM Return Ferry will require you to leave us early _on your own_! Park Entry Fee is paid on day of trip, another $10, and is NOT included in Ferry cost. FURTHER NOTICE, some motels offer a package deal that includes Ferry, if you decide to use that MAKE SURE THEY BOOK YOU ON CORRECT FERRY TIMES. After you have a confirmed Ferry Reservation, message me and I'll move you from waiting to attending. https://www.cumberlandislandferry.com (912) 882-4335 https://www.nps.gov/cuis/index.htm (912) 882-4336 https://www.stmarysseafoodandmore.com/Home http://www.cumberlandislandinn.com http://www.riverviewhotelstmarys.com Basic itinerary: Those coming in on Friday evening may meet for dinner. Several places to stay, I've stayed at Cumberland Island Inn and others hiking with me have stayed at the Riverview, both rated return visits. Saturday morning, we'll meet in parking lot before picking up ferry tickets and getting Park Day Passes, then boarding Ferry. We'll ride the Ferry over to the Island to Sea Camp Dock (main dock still closed due to 2016 hurricane damage). From there, we'll head to the Ice House Museum, then to the Duck Pond, wander through the grounds to the Dungeness Ruins. Restroom & water break, then to the Cemetery, then Dungeness Beach. Hopefully go to the Jetty, viewing Ft Clinch, FL, then South End Ponds Trail to Raccoon Key before beach walking to Sea Camp Beach / Picnic Area (Beach shower @ Picnic area, Restroom & water @ Sea Camp). From there, maybe go to Greyfield Beach (time allowing) before visiting Sea Camp and Returning to Sea Camp Dock. Basic loop is about 6 miles, beach hike to Jetty or Greyfield Beach will add to that. Most of the horses I've seen have been around the ruins and on the dunes, since they are a definite attraction hike may be altered for viewing. Just remember, they are wild, and although used to people passing can kick and bite if you invade their personal space. After we return to St Mary's, about 5:30 PM, we'll return to vehicles then head to a local restaurant for a group dinner (optional, but encouraged) before heading out. Some may wish to stay in St Mary's Saturday night before heading home (Orlando is less than 3 hours away).