Georgia’s Atlantic Coast can be your RV camping playground year-round. One of the best places to experience the wild beauty and unspoiled nature of the area is with a visit to Cumberland Island National Seashore.
As Georgia’s largest barrier island, this paradise is just two hours north of the El Monte RV Rental location in Orlando, Florida. With fifty miles of hiking trails, an amazing collection of wildlife and a wide range of historical sites to discover, isn’t it time you took a trip to Georgia’s island treasure?
We’ve put together a guide for RV travelers planning to visit Cumberland Island, with answers to your most frequent questions.
Where Can We Camp Near Cumberland Island National Seashore?
The National Seashore itself is undeveloped, with no paved roads and access only by the Cumberland ferry system. Plan to camp nearby and take advantage of the ferry for an authentic wilderness experience.
Here are some suggestions for RV parks near Cumberland Island:
Crooked River State Park, located in St. Mary’s, GA, is just seven miles from the Cumberland Island Ferry landing. It features campsites with electricity in a beautiful setting worth discovering after your day on the National Seashore.
Fort Clinch State Park in Fernandina Beach, FL, is right across the Cumberland Sound from St. Mary’s GA. Enjoy their full-service campsites in a scenic setting, with quick access to the Cumberland Ferry.
A Big Wheel RV Park adjacent to Crooked River State Park is a privately run campground that receives rave reviews. It accommodates any size RV!
How Should We Prepare for our RV Camping Trip?
Glad to hear you’re the kind of RV camping enthusiast who plans ahead! It’s especially important, when visiting a natural, undeveloped setting, to know what to expect. Here are some things to consider when making your plans:
- You can only reach the Island by ferry (passengers only, no vehicles) so be sure to make reservations in advance.
- Only 300 people are allowed on the island each day.
- Ferry passengers not on dock at least 30 minutes ahead of departure lose their reservations, so arrive early!
- Pets are not allowed on the ferry.
- If you’d like to rent a bike to travel around the island, be sure to tell the ferry concessionaire when you call.
- There are no services on the Island other than water to refill bottles. Bring your own food, water and normal hiking necessities like hats, sunscreen and insect repellant.
- Take along a trash bag, as this wilderness island has a ‘pack in, pack out’ policy for all visitors.
- If you plan to fish while visiting Cumberland Island, purchase a Georgia fishing license and make sure you have the required Saltwater Informational Program Permit attached.
What Kind of Weather Can We Expect?
Like any well-prepared RV adventurer, you’ll want to know what kind of weather to expect when you go. The weather in November at Cumberland Island National Seashore is magnificent, with highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s. Even in December, expect to enjoy 60 degree weather, with nighttime temps in the high 40s.
What Will We See on Cumberland Island?
History! The Island was once mostly owned by the Carnegie family, and the ruins of their mansion, Dungeness, are just one part of its historic appeal. Reserve a seat before you come on one of the Lands and Legacies Van Tours if you’d like to learn about the Native Americans who once inhabited the island, the large slave population who built the First African Baptist Church and, of course, the Carnegies and their opulent island lifestyle. If you’re up to a lengthy hike or ride through variable terrain, you can also travel to these sites on foot or by bicycle.
Nature! Not only has the Atlantic formed a sixteen-mile stretch of perfect beach for you to explore, you’ll also find lush maritime forests, salt marshes and picturesque dunes here. Stay on the marked trails to help preserve the wilderness for future generations and be sure to bring your camera!
Wildlife! From feral horses to armadillos and alligators, this island has plenty to appeal for wildlife lovers. No domesticated creatures call this island home, so keep that in mind while hiking or biking the area. Keep a sharp eye out for the island’s famous wild horses, the sea turtles that nest here in early autumn and a surprising variety of shore birds. Have we convinced you it’s time to visit Georgia’s barrier island paradise? Here’s a link to more information, courtesy of the National Park Service. We don’t often find unspoiled beauty that’s open for everyone to explore. Let us know if we can help with an RV rental. Please don’t miss the chance to discover Cumberland Island National Seashore and all it has to offer!
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Photo credits: Cumberland Island Path by db rolenrock, Cumberland Island Boardwalk by Jon Dawson, and Wild Horse Along Shoreline by Doug Anderson; all are licensed under Flickr Commons