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Dungeness Trail, Cumberland Island

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Dungeness Trail, Cumberland Island, GA

This barrier island feels like an open-air museum of robber baron mansions backed by windswept ocean views. Accessible only by ferry, Cumberland limits overnight tourists to maintain its pristine wilderness (wild horses roam freely). The Dungeness Trail is an easy walk from the ferry landing, followed by a gentle two-mile coast walk that takes you past the ruins of a Carnegie mansion built on the site of Nathanael Greene’s hunting lodge, a historic cemetery dripping with Spanish moss, and an Indian midden.

Challenge Level: Easy.

Essential Gear: A light daypack that includes a safety whistle built into the chest strap. Lifeguards use whistles for shore emergencies; so should you. (Granite Gear; $55.)

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