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Backpacking - Cumberland Island National Seashore

The Basics:
Event Type:Backpacking
Event Location: Cumberland Island National Seashore
Date(s) & Time:Thu, Nov 25 2004  9:00 am >> N/A
Registration Opens: Mon, Jan 1 2007 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Nov 12 2004 11:59 pm
Event Duration:per itinerary
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Trip Leader(s):
Joe Donovan
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Member Cost:$25.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:8
Minimum Group Size:2
Number Registered So Far: 6 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Cumberland Island is 17.5 miles long and totals 36,415 acres of which 16,850 are marsh, mud flats, and tidal creeks. It is well known for its sea turtles, wild turkeys, wild horses, armadillos, abundant shore birds, dune fields, maritime forests, salt marshes, and historic structures.

On Thursday November 25th we will take the ferry departing St. Marys at 11:45 a.m. There are no facilities in the backcountry sites and water should be treated. Campfires are not permitted in the backcountry and portable stoves are required. There are four backcountry sites ranging from 3.5 to 10.8 miles from the ferry dock. Sites are chosen upon arrival. The plan is to hike up to Yankee Paradise backcountry campsite to spend our first night and explore the surrounding area, which includes the Plum Orchard Mansion.

On Friday we will move to the Brickhill Bluff backcountry campsite and explore the area known as The Settlement.

On Saturday we will camp at Stafford Beach backcountry campsite. This site has the shortest walk to the beach of all the sites and brings us closest to the docks for our return trip.

On Sunday we will hike back to the docks and take the ferry that departs from Cumberland Island at 10:15 a.m.

Required Items to Bring:
Bring your own food for the duration of the trip.

There are no facilities in the backcountry sites and water should be treated.

Campfires are not permitted in the backcountry and portable stoves are required.
Recommended Items to Bring:
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Sleeping Bag and Pad
Appropriate clothing for the temperatures
Rain gear
Cooking items
Food for the duration of the trip
Headlamp or flash lamp

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Cumberland Island is located seven miles east of S November 25th 11:15 am at the Mainland Visitor Information Center - St. Marys, GA to catch the 11:45 am ferry to Cumberland Island.

Note: This is an extended drive from 5 ½ to 6 hours so plan accordingly.

There are only two ferry trips to the island during this time of the year. The 11:45 is the last one for the day. DO NOT MISS THE FERRY. If you miss the ferry, you will have to charter a boat across at your expense. Leaving Atlanta take I-75 south (toward Macon). Merge onto I-16 east via EXIT 165 on the LEFT toward SAVANNAH. Merge onto I-95 south via EXIT 157A toward BRUNSWICK/JACKSONVILLE. Take the ST MARYS RD exit (EXIT 1). Turn LEFT onto ST MARYS RD Take the ramp toward SAINT MARYS/CUMBERLAND ISLAND. Turn LEFT onto GA-40 east (KINGSLAND ST MARYS RD). Continue to follow GA-40 east. Ending at 129 OSBORNE ST SAINT MARYS GA.


Are Dogs Permitted? No

Will this event occur rain or shine? Yes
* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$25.00/Person
Non-Member Cost:$25.00/Person
Cost Includes:$25.00 per person includes your roundtrip ferry ride, day use fee and backcountry camping fees.

A non-refundable $10.00 deposit is required to hold your spot on this trip and is due immediately upon sign up.

Balance is due by November 5th. Refunds minus deposit allowed before November 5th. No refunds after November 5th.
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