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Cumberland Island Wilderness
Guided Backpacking Trip

March 17-22 2024

Backpacking through the live oaks of Cumberland Island

Join Snakeroot for a spring backpacking trip through the premier barrier island of the southeast. We'll spend 5-days exploring the forests, beaches, and natural history of Cumberland Island’s 10,000 acre wilderness area. Proceeds from the trips support the work of Wild Cumberland, the non-profit dedicated to protecting Cumberland’s wilderness and ecology.

Cooking over a wood-fired backpacking stove by the bay of Cumberland Island
Searching for shells in the tidepools of Cumberland Island's beach
Tent at Brickhill Bluff by the bay of Cumberland Island

No backpacking experience is needed, but you must be able to hike up to 10 miles in a day (flat terrain!), carry a 25-30 lbs pack, sleep on the ground (mediated by a sleeping pad), and negotiate life with biting insects. Cumberland’s maritime forests are dominated by majestic live oaks draped in resurrection ferns and Spanish moss. The forests are alive with birds, frogs, reptiles, wild horses and armadillos. The undeveloped coastline is rich with shells and sea life. On day 3 we'll meet Carol Ruckdeschel, the woman who has committed her life to defending this wilderness gem of the Georgia coast, and a lifelong student of Cumberland’s natural history.

We'll teach you the basics of leave no trace wilderness backpacking and about the natural history of Cumberland's maritime forest.

Price: $950/adult*, $700/youth (12-17 years, must be accompanied) 

Fee includes food, ferry, camping permits, payment to guides, and donation to Wild Cumberland.

*These are suggested prices, we encourage guests to pay on a sliding scale, $750-$1150. 10% of funds collected go to Wild Cumberland

Email or text/phone 828-675-8218 to book. 

More questions? More details can be found on this FAQ page

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