Getting There -- The only public transportation to the island is via the ferry from St. Marys on the mainland. (Get to St. Marys on Ga. 40 from I-95 or U.S. 17.) You must reserve passage on the ferry; contact the National Park Service, Cumberland Island National Seashore (tel. 912/882-4335; There are two trips daily from March through November every day at 9am and 11:45am, returning 10:15am and 4:45pm; there is also an additional departure at 2:45pm Wednesday through Saturday up to September 30. December to February the ferry departs 9am and 11:45am Thursday through Monday, returning at 10:15am and 4:45pm. In summer, book as far in advance as possible. The fare is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $14 for children 12. These fees are in addition to the island admission fee, which is $4 for ages 16 and above (good for 7 days).

Bike rentals are first-come first-served and are beach cruiser–type bikes. Rentals are $16 per day, or $20 if keeping the bike over night. Camping is $4 per night, or $2 for backcountry camping.

If you plan to stay overnight in the hotel, the best way to reach Cumberland is by the Greyfield Inn ferry, the Lucy R. Ferguson, which maintains a regular schedule to Fernandina Beach, Florida. Reservations are necessary and must be made through the Greyfield Inn.

Visitor Information -- Information is available from the Greyfield Inn or from the National Park website.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.