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Cumberland Island

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Distance: 9.8 miles


A trip to Cumberland Island National Seashore

Cumberland Island has been on my lifelist since I moved to Georgia.  It is a beautiful wilderness area with easy hiking and interesting places to explore.  I took a long weekend trip with my wife and two other friend who are all novice backpackers.  We made ferry and backcountry camping reservations three months in advance.  Their reservation system is paper based and you can only request/receive a specific campsite once you get to the island which can make planning more difficult.  We took the ferry on Saturday morning and hiked to Staford Beach campsite.  All the trails are well maintained and most have signs to help navigate.  On Sunday we hiked to Plum Orchard and were rewarded with a twice monthly tour of the house.  If you can plan your visit to coincide with the tour it is worth it.  On Monday we hiked back and took the late ferry back to the mainland.  We spent time on the beach each day and hiking in the maritime forest was great.  The bugs were not that bad but lots of bug repelent is a must for this tip.

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