Summary: The Cumberland Island National Seashore and Wilderness Area is composed of 8,840 acres of primitive, undeveloped land. The southern boundary is located four and one-half miles north of Sea Camp. Within the wilderness are three camping areas or "zone camps", where individual sites are not designated. Campers may setup their tents anywhere they choose within 50 yards of the camp sign.
This hike starts at Sea Camp and follows the Parrallel Trail to the Stafford Beach campsite. You have the option of returning on the Parrallel Trail or hiking the beach for a loop hike back to Sea Camp.
Trailhead: PARKING: (St. Mary’s NPS Lot): From I-95 Southbound, take Exit Number 3 and turn left towards St. Mary on GA 40 East. Continue on GA 40 for approximately nine miles. GA 40 becomes Osborne Road which will take you directly to the Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum. The National Park Service Ferry departs next to it. Most visitors to Cumberland Island arrive by ferry from the waterfront docks at the Cumberland Island National Seashore Visitor Center located in St. Marys. Ferry and camping reservations are made by calling (888) 817-3421 Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or you can write Superintendent, Cumberland Island National Seashore, PO Box 806, St. Marys, GA 31558. Backcountry camping reservations are issued at Sea Camp Visitor Center. The ferry is daily, except from October 1 to February 28, when the ferry does not operate on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The ferry does not transport cars, bicycles, or pets. (Lat:32.0691541250962 Lon:-84.9138169938161)
Trail Guides for CINP - Stafford Beach:
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Cumberland Island National Park, (912) 882-4335
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Reviewed by BirdShooter on 3/9/2004
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