Photo by Tammy Lee Bradley

Visiting St. Marys and Coastal Georgia? The Cumberland Island National Seashore is one of my favorite places to play.

Located just a short ferry ride from the historic waterfront district of St. Marys, it is a great way to spend an afternoon. Take a walk on the quiet beaches, run with the wild horses, explore the ruins of Dungeness, or visit the island’s museum. Guided and motorized tours are also available and the luxurious Greyfield Inn offers on-island accommodations.

For those more adventurous, there is Sea Camp Campground for stays as long as seven days, remote wilderness camping, bike rentals for visiting Plum Orchard Mansion, Stafford Cemetery, and the Settlement, and a total of 50 miles of meandering hiking trails.

It is a national park like no other.

If you are looking for a great place to stay in St. Marys within walking distance to the ferry, shoppes, dining, and historic sites, check out the Rose-Lovell guest house on W. Weed Street. This historic home sleeps ten people and is perfect for large families, girls’ getaways, reunions, and retreats.

For dining, give The Blue Goose Hostel and Cafe on Osborne a try. They have a very nice lunch menu. Anyone that makes a killer salad without onions is my friend.

Have you ever visited Cumberland Island or St. Mary’s? What do you like best?

Me? I like the uncrowded beaches and sound of the seagulls.


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