Cumberland Island National Seashore Camping Permits

Cumberland Island National Seashore

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 National Seashore. The park includes a designated Wilderness area, undeveloped beaches, historic sites, cultural ruins, critical habitat and nesting areas, as well as numerous plant and animal communities. The national seashore also offers a wide variety of camping opportunities.    

Watch the "Camping on Cumberland Island" video for information to help you plan an d prepare for your trip. 

Campgrounds

Cumberland Island offers five campgrounds , which include designated campsites at Sea Camp and Stafford Beach; and Wilderness campsites at: Hickory Hill, Yankee Paradise and Brickhill Bluff. Camping is only permitted in these five campgrounds. A permit is required to camp in any of these five camping areas.

Getting There  

Visitors must take a boat to the island. Most visitors arrive via the Cumberland Island Ferry from St. Marys, Georgia (see Park Concessioner Services below). 

Island Information

Bicycle and Carts

For information on using carts and camping with bicycles visit the Cumberland Island Camping Page 

For information on bicycle and cart rentals, as well as transporting your bike to the island visit Cumberland Island Ferry webpage .  

Ferry Reservations, Bicycle and Cart Rental, and Tour Reservations - Contact: Cumberland Island Ferry at www.cumberlandislandferry.com or call (877) 860-6787.     

Cumberland Island Ferry passengers must check-in at the Cumberland Island Mainland Visitor Center in Saint Marys at least 30 minutes prior to their ferry departure time: https://www.nps.gov/cuis/planyourvisit/be-ready.htm 

Campers must deboard the ferry at the Sea Camp Dock (not at the Dungeness Dock). Due to hurricanes, at this time only Sea Camp Dock is available for ferry operations.

There are no amenities on the island beyond the restrooms and water fountains. You should bring lunch and water bottles to refill. Be Ready!

Need to Know

Natural Features

The island is home to more than 17 miles of undeveloped beach, a maritime forest of oak hammock and long leaf pine, tidal creeks, and marshland. Visitors can see an abundance of wildlife from deer, turkey, alligators, and bobcats, to snakes, tortoises, lizards, and hundreds of migratory birds.

Nearby Attractions

City of St. Marys, GA - St. Marys, Georgia, the gateway to Cumberland Island National Seashore, a small coastal village located in southeast Georgia remains one of Georgia's best kept secrets, a place rich in history, natural beauty and Southern hospitality. St. Marys and Cumberland Island National Seashore provide a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. 

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge - In southern Georgia and northern Florida there is a very special place, one of the oldest and best preserved freshwater systems in America. Native Americans called it Okefenoka, meaning “Land of the Trembling Earth”. Now this place, where earth, air, fire and water continuously reform the landscape, is preserved within the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, created in 1937 to protect wildlife and for you to explore. 

St. Marys Submarine Museum - This museum is a great place to learn about the "Silent Service". A wide variety of Submarine artifacts, memorabilia and information are available for viewing, and you can view the beautiful St Marys waterfront through a real periscope. 

Crooked River State Park - Located on Georgia's Colonial Coast, 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 trail, which winds through a maritime forest and salt marsh. A boat ramp is popular with anglers who often take to the water before sunrise. 

Fort Frederica National Monument

Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

City of Jacksonville, FL 

Recreation

There are over 50 miles of trails and roads as well as 18 miles of beach. Hiking, biking, camping, birdwatching, and beachcombing are popular activities on the island.

Changes & Cancellations

Refund and Cancellation Policy

Changes Before Permit is Printed:

After Permit is Printed:

Ensure every person on the camping permit has reserved a round-trip ferry ticket or has transportation via private boat.

No-Show Policy

If you do not cancel and decide not to use your reservation, no fees will be refunded. Please cancel your reservation if you are unable to use it as this opens space for others.

Contact Information

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101 Wheeler St St. Marys GA 31558

Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: 912-882-4336 X254

Rental Options

Learn more about gear rental options for your trip

Driving Directions

NPS VISITOR CENTER/FERRY CHECK-IN: 

The Mainland Visitor Center is located at 113 St. Marys Street West, Marys, GA 31558. Use this address to arrive at the right location. Do not use "Cumberland Island National Seashore" as this will not guide you to the correct location.

Directions & Transportation page

Parking:  

All visitors - day visitors and campers - must park in the Cumberland Island Parking Lot one block west of the Visitor Center.
Bus and RV parking is located in marked spots along the roadway along the western edge of the parking area (Seagrove St.).

Getting to the Island: 

The only way to get to the island is by passenger ferry (not a car ferry) or private boat. For information about making a reservation with the National Park Service official concessionaire operated ferry visit our Reservations page or visit the Cumberland Island Ferry website. 

Available Campsites

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