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Dungeness Trail, Cumberland Island, GA

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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.)

America's Most Beautiful Coastal Walks

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.)

Jung-Pang Wu / Getty Images

America's Most Beautiful Coastal Walks

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