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Cumberland Island campsites to reopen next week

National seashore wildnerness cites have been closed since Hurricane Matthew

20. Georgia -- 46.9 cents per gallon
20. Georgia -- 46.9 cents per gallon

ST. MARYS, Ga. – Cumberland Island National Seashore wilderness campsites will be reopened Nov. 15.

Last week the island opened to ferry passengers and camping at Sea Camp and Stafford Beach.

Wilderness trails are open. Park officials remind hikers and visitors to be aware of hazards naturally found on the island such as downed trees, falling limbs, ticks and snakes.

Access to the island for private boaters is extremely limited at this time. Park docks at Dungeness and Sea Camp remain closed to private boaters as they have not been determined safe for visitors to dock. The north-end of Sea Camp dock is being utilized for National Park Service staff and construction contractors, who continue park operations and recovery work.

Dock repairs are forthcoming.

Boaters who anchor in the sound who want to come ashore may use the boat launch area to the north of Dungeness dock Fridays-Sundays only. This area is used during the week to transport equipment to the island. Island access for private boaters is available on a first-come, first-serve basis at Plum Orchard Dock.