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Trip Guide to Pristine Cumberland Island, GA


Photo: Roe Ethridge

A short ferry ride from the crowded mainland, Georgia’s Cumberland Island is a land unto itself: 17 1/2 miles of pristine woodland, marsh, and beaches, dotted with the occasional historic building or ruin, a setting with more wildlife than people. The largest and most southerly of Georgia’s Sea Island chain, Cumberland Island is a place known for its vast empty beaches, near total absence of development, and a version of the coastal pristine that, as a local novelist once remarked, can usually be experienced only by paying a greens fee. Read the article

Destinations: Cumberland Island

Inspired by: Natural Splendor on Cumberland Island — by Guy Trebay, Published Feb. 2008

Hotels (1)

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    Greyfield Inn


    The only hotel on the fiercely private Cumberland Island, the 4-story, 16-room property has no internet or cell service but with an 17-mile-long

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Activities (3)

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    Plum Orchard Mansion

    This newly restored 1898 mansion was built by the Carnegie family.

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    First African Baptist Church

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    Dungeness Ruins

    The remains of Thomas Carnegie's four-story 1884 mansion.


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    Little St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Jekyll Island, Cumberland Island

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