One of the most amazing things about Cabin Bluff’s location is that beautiful island that one sees across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway from our dock.
Like the wilderness that surrounds Cabin Bluff, Cumberland is one of the most undeveloped areas in the entire southeast. The Cumberland Island National Seashore is truly one of our national treasures having come into existence as a National Park in 1972.
The long and varied history of the Island involves over 4,000 years of inhabited history from early settlement by indigenous tribes through the Spanish, English and plantation eras. Perhaps one of the most intriguing elements of the Island’s history is the era associated with the Carnegies. It was in the late 1800’s that Thomas Carnegie, the brother of Andrew Carnegie, first purchased land on the island for their winter domain. The Carnegies built the 59-room Dungeness Mansion for their family. Although the family left the island after the great depression, it remained as a testament to them until it burned in 1959. The ruins of Dungeness can still be seen on a tour of Cumberland today.
There is no bridge to Cumberland; the only way to visit the island is to catch the ferry at St Mary’s. Vehicles on the island are restricted to those authorized by the National Park Service but many families rent bicycles or simply hike the paths to seek out the wild horses, shell-hunt on the deserted beaches or simply explore this wonder of the National Park System.
Along with over 50 miles of hiking trails, families can experience either a full or half day adventure trip to Cumberland Island as one of the many experiences available while in residence at Cabin Bluff. The St Mary’s ferry is only a short drive from Cabin Bluff or better yet, a very short boat ride.
A once grand fireplace
Meet the locals, truly wild horses!