The ferry service from St. Marys, Georgia to Cumberland Island National Seashore during winter 2019/2020 season is five days a week from Thursday through Monday. Winter schedule begins December 1, 2019 and continues through February 28, 2020. The ferry ride is 45 minutes long (each way). Note that there is no ferry operating on Tuesdays & Wednesdays in wintertime.
|Leave St. Marys, GA||Arrive Cumberland||Depart Cumberland||Arrive St. Marys, GA|
|9 a.m.||9:45 a.m.||10:15 a.m.||11 a.m.|
|11:45 a.m.||12:30 p.m.||4:45 p.m.||5:30 p.m|
Winter Sea Fog
With winter’s cooler temps, some prefer the season for day trips to Cumberland, a time when hiking around the island’s trails can feel more pleasant than summertime’s heat and humidity. Pictured here, winter sea fog ferry scenes on the trip over to Cumberland and at the Sea Camp dock. Morning fog seems to occur more often during the winter season, shrouding this Georgia barrier island in added mystique.
Arrive 1 Hour Early
From Amelia Island, FL, it takes 45 minutes to an hour’s drive, depending on traffic, heading north to St. Marys, GA. The Park Service advises ferry reservation holders to arrive one hour early before departure time, to check in. According to the NPS website, “All unclaimed ferry reservations will be cancelled 30 minutes prior to departure and those spots will be offered to walk-in visitors.” (Note that since Hurricane Irma, an alternative dock being used — the Gateway dock — requires a bit more time for parking and walking to the dock.)
Ferry Ticket Cost
An adult ferry ticket, round trip transport to Cumberland Island, costs $34.10 with taxes/fee. Plus there’s an additional $10 per adult National Park Service admission fee. Bicycles can be transported on ferry for $10 fee (but space is very limited). Or rent a bike for the day for $16 from ferry company (first come, first serve). To book ferry reservations up to six months in advance online, see ferry concessionaire’s website.