Cumberland Island Multisport
A historical favorite destination for the Carnegie family, Cumberland Island National Seashore is the southernmost and largest of Georgia's barrier islands. With limits on the number of people who can stay overnight within its 9,800 acres of designated wilderness, we will enjoy Cumberland Island as few other travelers have had the privilege of doing. The area is a perfect location for novice paddlers and casual adventurers to interact with history and nature in a thoughtful and active way. From wild horse encounters along the trail and visits to historic mansions by bike, to kayaking along undeveloped shoreline and sheltered marshes, Cumberland Island offers a multitude of opportunities for exploration and adventure. Join us as we kayak, hike and bike through nature and history and be prepared to discover the secrets and solitude of Cumberland Island.
Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown a day in advance.
Cumberland Island Multisport Itinerary:
Day 1 Welcome to St. Marys! Meet your guides and fellow adventurers at the Spencer House Inn and enjoy a delicious southern dinner.
Day 2 Meandering through the marsh, the "Queen" transports us to Cumberland Island, where we'll enjoy some lunch before beginning our exploration of the island.
Day 3 Today we'll kayak the beautiful tidal creek used by the Carnegie family for on-water access to their summer mansion.
Day 4 Today we'll peddle our cruiser bicycles out to the Plum Orchard Mansion, making our way through the heart of the island.
Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule above, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control, including weather and terrain conditions. For Days 2, 3 and 4 of this itinerary, the biking, hiking, and kayaking activities may be rearranged in order to accommodate tidal currents (which change daily) and weather. Your guides are expert sea kayakers and will arrange the activities to give you the most pleasurable experience possible.
Contact REI Adventures prior to purchasing your airline tickets to confirm the trip has the minimum number of participants required to operate.
If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the full single supplement noted above. If you wish to share accommodations, we will assign you a roommate if one is available. If a roommate cannot be found, you will be asked to pay a reduced single fee, which is one half of the full single supplement. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single accommodations available.
Group transfer to/from Jacksonville airport; All accommodations (based on double occupancy), meals as noted in the daily itinerary; professional guiding; taxes and inn gratuities; ferry transport aboard the Cumberland Queen, on-trip van transportation to and from trailheads when required.
Transportation from your hometown to group meeting point; insurance of any kind; alcoholic beverages; guide gratuities and items of a personal nature.
Major: Jacksonville, FL – 32 miles; 45 min>
Complimentary shuttle service is provided to and from Jacksonville International Airport to St. Mary's, GA. The shuttle will depart Jacksonville Airport at 5pm on day one and return at approximately 6:00pm to the Jacksonville Airport on day four.
This trip is rated Moderate  as the hiking portions of the trip involve carrying a daypack over terrain with elevation gain and loss of around 5-8 miles daily. To maximize your enjoyment of the trip and to avoid sore muscles, we suggest that you engage in a regular exercise regimen beginning at least three months prior to your departure. Most important to your overall enjoyment is your overall fitness level.
Daytime temperatures usually range between 60 - 80 degrees F, with evening temperatures dropping to the 50s and 60s. Early- or late-season trips will experience a wider range of temperatures. Thunderstorms are a possibility at any time in the mountains, making adequate raingear a necessity.
This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Weekend Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and detailed pre-trip information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).
We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.
Cumberland Island Multisport
The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you in choosing your equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary, as this will help you and the field staff.
Daytime temperatures usually range between 60 - 80 degrees F, with evening temperatures dropping to the 50s and 60s.
- Sea Kayak
- PFD & Sprayskirt
- Kayak Safety Equipment
- Spray Jacket
- Stoves, Cooking Gear & Utensils
- Beach Cruiser Style Bikes
- First Aid Kit
- Sleeping bag (rated 30-40 degrees)
- Sleeping pad
- Duffel bag, medium size (45-55 liter)
- Daypack (25-35 liters)
- Daypack rain cover, waterproof
- Lightweight rain jacket and pants, waterproof and breathable
- Light hiking boots/shoes or trail runners
- Watersport shoes or sandals
- Midweight fleece jacket or wool sweater
- Long sleeve lightweight, loose fitting shirt
- Hiking pants, quick-drying, lightweight (zip-off legs are great)
- Hiking shorts, quick-drying, lightweight
- T-shirts, synthetic (prepare to get wet during kayaking)
- Quick drying socks
- Head net or Bug jacket
- Sun hat with brim
- Wool or fleece hat
- Lightweight wool or fleece gloves
- Pack Towel
- Two 1-quart water bottles
- Headlamp with spare batteries and bulb
- Sunglasses and retainer strap
- Sunblock and lip balm
- Personal medications
- Insect repellant (small, packable)
- TP system: biodegradable toilet paper & 1 Ziploc gallon baggie
- Toiletry Kit: toothbrush & paste, pack towel (think light!)
- Personal first aid kit, small and light
- Cycling shorts
- Ear plugs
- Camp pillow
- Small, fold-up camp chair
- Waterproof wrist watch
- Book, journal, pen
- Favorite snacks and energy drink mixes (GORP mix & some energy bars provided)
Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.
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Comments about REI Adventures Cumberland Island Multisport:
- Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
- All the Details Planned for Me
- Why did you choose this trip?:
- This is a great weekend trip. It is easy to get to and remote at the same time. The combination of hiking, kayaking and just hanging at the beach made me choose this trip.
- What was the highlight of your trip?:
- The island is beautiful. I had only kayaked a few times before this but after the weekend really felt comfortable driving the kayak. The dinners, island lore, wild horses running around and the guide Ryan all made for a really fun time.
- What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
- I would have arrived at St. Mary's a day early just to hang around - it's a nice town and no car is needed. Skip the bike helmet. All of your stuff needs to fit in medium size dry bags.