But equally sad to know that it completely burned down and today you can’t even step inside. Dungeness Mansion was built by Thomas Carnegie (brother of steel magnate Andrew Carnegie) and his wife Lucy in the late 1800s as a winter retreat. There are two ways to experience Cumberland Island inexpensively: visit for the day or camp overnight. In the fall, winter, and spring, despite the fact that the temperatures may be pleasant, if you are on the upper deck it can get quite cold due to the wind, so dress appropriately. It turned out to be the most incredible day trip – Cumberland Island is just magical. Yet, they have kept the old laundry accoutrements intact, so it is a lovely mix of old and new. There is a lot of walking, and the island is not stroller friendly, so pack the little ones, leave them home or wait a few years until they can get around on their own. Day visitors and campers reach the island via the Cumberland Island Ferry from the Cumberland Island Visitors Center in St. Mary’s Georgia and are brought to the Sea Camp Dock where the Cumberland Island National Seashore ranger station is located. Dungeness Mansion & Wildlife on Cumberland Island. Be sure not to miss the last ferry back in the evening! Dungeness Mansion ruins seem to be really interesting. He replied, ‘block’.) Restrooms and water fountains are available on the island, so it is recommended to bring a fillable water bottle. Regardless, it looks like such a peaceful place. Take time to plan your visit so that you can enjoy the vast experiences Cumberland Island National Seashore has to offer. Disembark here if you are camping, want to rent a bike, or are taking the Lands and Legacies Tour. I’ve backpacked before. If you dream of having the beach all to yourself, then plan a visit to Cumberland Island, Ga., where you’ll find 18 miles of undeveloped beach. You can still visit the Dungeness area by walking a mile south down Grand Avenue, the main road that runs through the park. The entire dock at Plum Orchard is available. Enjoy the wildlife, folks, but don’t get too close please! Bag chairs The National Park Service has an entire web page dedicated to fun activities to get you excited about your visit to Cumberland Island. A Kiwi based in France, by way of Scotland! For the latest fees and schedules, visit the Cumberland Island Ferry web site. Sue came to Atlanta after finishing the Walt Disney World College Program where she was a tour guide then guest relations hostess (and no she did not moonlight as Snow White). There used to be two ferry docks on Cumberland, Dungeness and Sea Camp. “Travel changes you. Ferry service must be reserved and purchased ahead of time with the Inn. Atlanta Trails. We had visited the Manatee Lagoon in West Palm Beach, but hadn’t seen any, so this was a real treat. Private boaters and those paddling to Cumberland Island can pay the fee at the pay station located at each dock. This, along with the wildlife on Cumberland Island meant I just had to add it to our itinerary. Cumberland Island is located seven miles east of St. Marys and is accessible only by boat. plates, plastic silverware, cups There are also three Wilderness Camping sites Hickory Hill, Yankee Paradise and Brickhill Bluff for very primitive camping. Ferry reservations are highly recommended as the ferry is often fully booked.