Coastal Georgia Living.....a visit to Cumberland Island, GA

Real Estate Broker/Owner with DR Horton BK3273954

Cumberland Island, a barrier island off the coast of Georgia is larger than Manhattan Island, but never has more then 300 visitors per day.  Cumberland is the southernmost barrier island on the Georgia coast. The island is  over 36,000 acres, 17.5 miles  long and approximately 1 ½ to 3 ½ miles wide. There is no causeway or bridge to the island so most of the visitors to the island take the Cumberland Ferry from Saint Mary's, Georgia. 

cumberland ferry

 Cumberland Ferry

  historic district

Leaving the mainland on the Cumberland Ferry, you have a view of historic downtown Saint Marys. Upon arriving on the island, you are greeted by park rangers that are both personable and well informed.  The first impression my husband and I had of this island were the horses grazing just beyond the dock where we exited the ferry.  So Part I on Cumberland Island is dedicated to the feral horses of Cumberland.

feral horse

The horses are not wild, but descendants of domesticated horses that belonged to the Carnegie family in the 1900's.  

feral horse

There are many foals on the island and we were able to photograph this foal, the first foal of this season.


This foal is very young and is staying very close to its mother on the edge of the dunes in the marshland.


The horses are often seen on the 17 plus miles of pristine undisturbed beaches (even if my husband and I couldn't get a photo).


Look for more posts on the history and beauty of this incredible National Seashore. 

Cumberland Island UTube Video Link

Golden Isles Blog

Thanks to my wonderful husband Conrad Unnerstall (and Associate Broker at Chapman Realty) for going with me to Cumberland.  He is responsible for the photos that turned out well. 

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Julie E. Chapman

DR Horton

Central Florida

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Lou Ludwig
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Hi Julie

A great place to enjoy your day, and the horses are really are an interesting story.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Aug 23, 2009 03:13 PM #1
Julie Chapman
DR Horton - Ormond Beach, FL
New Homes Sales Ormond, New Smyrna, Daytona Be


Thanks.  I love that island and wish I had more time to spend there. 

Aug 24, 2009 03:56 PM #2
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San Diego, CA

I had no idea that there were still feral horses anywhere in the nation. I thought the wild, wild west had gottetn them all.

Aug 27, 2009 07:27 PM #3
Julie Chapman
DR Horton - Ormond Beach, FL
New Homes Sales Ormond, New Smyrna, Daytona Be


It is a beautiful sight - those horses on the beach. The staff of the park system gives great information on them. 

Aug 29, 2009 03:36 AM #4
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