Once a winter retreat for the Carnegie family, Cumberland Island today is a beautifully preserved natural paradise just north of the Florida state line.
Operated by the National Park Service and only accessible by passenger ferry, the 17.5-mile long island with its white sandy beaches and moss-covered live oak trees is the perfect getaway for people looking to slow life down a bit.
It’s also a photographer’s paradise.
Historic structures like the Dungeness Ruins and a variety of wildlife ranging from deer and loggerhead sea turtles to the feral horses that roam the island will keep shutterbugs happy.
Since officials limit how many people are allowed on the island each day, reservations are required through the park service.
Be sure to take bug spray in the summer and dress in layers if you visit during cooler months. Nothing is a provided on the island except a few primitive restrooms.