Live oak trees, Spanish moss and some of the most beautiful marshes that you have ever gazed upon is your back drop for your kayaking trip to Cumberland Island. When you want to get out on the water and exercise and breathe in the fresh Georgia air, the salt marshes that are around Cumberland Islands is the perfect place to go. With each and every stroke of the blue waters you get closer to little clips of paradise. With the large trees that hang over the water, you may even get close enough to pluck a leaf for a memento of your kayaking trip.
The trip to this 17.5 mile long barrier island is just over 10 miles of paddling off shore. As you maneuver your way through the blue green waters, you may even be able to see some of the wildlife on the shore. A raccoon may dart behind a tree or you could even see a white-tailed deer come to the water’s edge for a drink before they run back into the wooded area.
The serene environment is a great way for you to relax and just take in the beauty of nature. You can take a friend, go as a group or just haul a kayak into the water yourself and go for a little row on your own. The diversity of Cumberland Islands makes them the perfect sightseeing destination for kayakers of all tastes and ages. The history of the island is rich as well. The south end of the island is filled with ruins of old mansions and plantations. In fact, Thomas Carnegie built a Scottish style castle there in 1880 that burned down in a tragic fire over 50 years ago. Long ago the island was inhabited by Native Americans, and a majority of the island is natural, serine, and perfect for camping.