On Saturday, Carl and I made the 1-1/4 hour drive up to St. Mary’s, Georgia with our friends, Dee and Eddy. Twice a day, a ferry shuttles visitors to Cumberland Island, only accessible by boat.
Georgia’s largest and southernmost barrier island offers a rustic getaway with over 50 miles of trails and roads, as well as 18 miles of undeveloped beach. Cumberland Island is home to pristine maritime forests, undeveloped beaches and wide marshes. Cumberland Island is also home to about 140 feral horses that roam freely on the island.
Since it was a 45-minute ferry ride each way, Carl was smart enough to suggest bringing a deck of cards so that we could pass the time playing our favorite Camp Cards.
Once on the island, we took a leisure 4.5 mile walk around the southern end of the island.
The first part was through the cool, tree-covered pathway.
The second part was on the beach along the Atlantic ocean coastline.
At the southern end of the island, we explored the ruins of Dungeness, the Carnegie family mansion and extensive grounds. The 1880s property was destroyed by an arson fire in 1959.
This is the mansion in all its glory prior to the fire.
It was in that area I caught my first glimpse of some wild horses, grazing in the marsh in the distance.
Here, let me get closer.
There were lots of interesting buildings to see and we enjoyed listening to the self-guided phone tour on Eddy’s cell phone.
While stopping for a snack break in an open field, we saw a few more horses much closer.
After over 4 miles and four hours exploring the island, it was time to catch the ferry back to mainland. We played more Camp Cards and saw dolphins on the return trip!
It was a beautiful, warm, sunny day that was just perfect for exploring this beautiful place just a short drive from home. Thank you Dee and Eddy for a great day together!