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Cumberland Island is only accessible by boat and is located just seven miles east of St. Marys. Our short 45-minute ferry ride makes for a scenic and pleasant form of transportation to the island. Our concession-operated passenger ferry departs from downtown St. Marys throughout the day and provides round-trip transportation services to Cumberland Island year-round.
A motorized tour to the north end of Cumberland Island. Visitors see cultural & natural landmarks, including the remains of Robert Stafford’s plantation and cemetery, Plum Orchard Mansion, Cumberland Wharf, the Settlement, and First African Baptist Church. This tour is a rugged five- to six-hour trip that is open only to those visitors who take the 9 a.m. ferry to the island or who are campers already staying on.
The only regularly offered tour covering the Dungeness Historic Area. Learn the tumultuous history of Cumberland Island, inhabited over the last 500 years by Native Americans, Spanish, British, and Americans, as you stroll palmetto-lined trails past wild horses and expansive marshes. Visit a historic graveyard, enter the Carnegies’ vast servants’ quarters, and more while your guide tells tales of famous figures with surprising links to the island.
Whether you are looking to spend a night with family and friends around a campfire under the moss-covered branches of the live oak trees, or looking for the rugged challenges and solitude of the wilderness, you will find it on Cumberland Island. The park includes a designated wilderness area, undeveloped beaches, historic sites, cultural ruins, critical habitat, nesting areas, and numerous plant and animal communities.
On land, the finest way to discover the delights of the area is on two wheels. Did you know that just 3 hours of biking a week can reduce your risk of heart disease by 50%? Serving all of southeast Georgia and northeast Florida, Camden Bicycle Center is a full service bike shop that offers an amazing selection of name brand bikes for all ages plus a wide range if accessories, gear, and professional repair services. Rentals available.
1929 Osborne Rd. 912-576-9696
A visit to one or more sites along the Colonial Coast Birding Trail will provide you with the opportunity to experience the beauty of the area. Each site along the trail is unique and many offer the chance to watch birds and visit 18th and 19th Century historic places. The numbers of birds found along the trail change with the rising and falling of the tides and with the seasons.
This park offers cozy facilities in a beautiful setting. Campsites are surrounded by Spanish moss-draped oaks, while most cottages overlook the river. Hikers can explore the nature trails, which winds through maritime forest and salt marsh. A boat ramp is popular with anglers who often take to the water before sunrise.
3092 Ga. 40 Spur (Charlie Smith Sr. Hwy) 912-882-5256
A few miles west of St. Mary’s and Cumberland Island. It is in the upper reaches of Gum Branch, a creek flowing eastward to waters of the Crooked River and Cumberland Sound. You’ll see flatwoods type long-leaf and slash pine forest with heavy blueberry and gallberry under-story. Camden PSA has set up a disc golf course on the paths. website
Incacheetoo Plantation and Petting Zoo is a great a great experience with animals, outdoor activities, hay rides, and many beautiful photo opportunities. 161 Boston Way W., Waverly
Kayaking is one of life's simple pleasures. It's easy to learn and fun for all. With miles of quiet marshes and thriving estuaries just outside our door in St. Marys, Adventures Up the Creek has been sharing their love of kayaking with eager paddlers for over 15 years. When you are ready for an adventure, they would love to take you.
Come with us, or alone to explore the waters of the St. Marys River and Coast of Georgia! Single Kayaks, tandem kayaks, and paddle boards (SUP's) are available for rent at our site!
201 W. St. Marys Street
at the St. Marys Waterfront Park
The Georgia coastline stretches over 100 miles from the St. Marys River Sound to the Savannah River Sound. A majority of the trail in Georgia is for intermediate to advanced paddlers only. Contacting an experienced outfitter/guide is highly recommended. The trail is divided into 11 sections starting at St. Marys and going north.
Okefenokee Adventures (the concessionair for the refuge) offers guided boat tours, canoe/kayak rentals, boat rentals, and a gift shop. They also provid food service on-site and have those last minute items for your swamp adventure. They can also tell you all about the latest wildlife sightings.
2700 Suwanee Canal Rd., Folkston
Take a quick daytrip and check out the visitor center, Swamp Island Drive, and the Chesser Island Homestead. A boat ride from Okefenokee Adventures is always fun. The swamp wildlife include black bears, alligators, tortoises, and a variety of shore birds, so bring your camera!
2700 Suwanee Canal Rd., Folkston 912-496-7836
SGDC offers 3-tank, add-day dives, fossil dives and sunset cruises. Visit popular dive sites, including HLHA, the freighter Anna and Amberjack Hole. See numerous wrecks in all shapes and sizes, natural and artificial reef structures and abundant fish and invertebrates. 1050 Kings Bay Rd., St. Marys 912-882-7078
Relax in the Lazy River or ride the Orange Crush. Swim in the lap pool or just swim freestyle. There's a great children's pool and water playground. Soak up the sun or lounge under umbrellas. Drinks and snacks are available onsite. Open Seasonally! 311 Herb Bauer Dr. 912-673-8118
Also called Howard Gilman Memorial Park, it's the ideal spot to watch the shrimp boats come in, take a stroll along the boardwalks and piers, have a picnic, or witness a stunning sunset. Experience St. Marys by joining us for one of our many community activities that take place seasonally throughout the year in the park.
An 11-mile bike and mult-use path from St. Marys Waterfront Park to Crooked River State Park. Comfort stations are located at Sweetwater Park on Pt. Peter Road and at the McIntosh Sugar Mill Ruins on Ga Spur 40 (across from the Stimson Gate of NSB Kings Bay). Restrooms and a Bike Repair Station are located at the St. Marys Waterfront Park.
Paths are still in progress along the route.
The Tilden Norris Marsh Walk includes a boardwalk leading to a covered gazebo built into the marsh of the St. Marys River in historic downtown St. Marys. The marsh walk is located to the west of the St. Marys Waterfront Park, between the park entrance and Bartlett Street. This is a great spot to view water birds and the perfect location for nature photos.
At the entrance to Naval Subase Kings Bay is the display of the sail of the USS Georgia Bancroft (SSBN-643), a Benjamin Franklin Class Ballistic Missile Submarine. Mounted atop a concrete hull form mockup, the sail appears to be surfacing out of the grassy field. Park in the visitor's lot and walk on top for a great photo opportunity! Corner of St. Marys Road and Charlie Smith Hwy.
A great place to walk, run, or bike. Part of the Georgia Coast Rail-Trail. This 3-mile segment offers scenery changes from wetlands, to live oaks, to Victorian homes. You can also enjoy the Satilla River Waterfront Park at the northern end, where you'll find a boardwalk observation pier that was once a railroad trestle. Satilla River Waterfront Park on E. 1st Street in Woodbine. website