My girlfriend and I camped at Little Talbot Island State Park in February of 2018. The campsites were excellent, this might sound cheesy but it made me feel like a pirate camped on the beach. All the campsites are nestled into a sandy wooded area, and despite being quite close to one another they manage to keep a fair amount of privacy. The bathrooms were well-lit and in great shape, and all the campers we encountered were friendly so it felt very safe.
The campsites are set across the road from the beach and you can walk to the beach if you'd like. They have a breathtaking driftwood beach that is a short drive from the campsite. I haven't seen anything like it since, it has an almost eerie beauty to it. We traveled almost 14 hours to camp here, and we were very satisfied with the state of the park and campsites.
Large well maintained campground. All sites are large, well maintained and site specific. Many have full hook ups. New family style bath house and an older bathhouse, both were very clean. Nice walking trails, plenty of playgrounds and very nice boat ramp and mini golf. We stayed on site 39 with a full hook up, small view to the river out back. Very private and large site with direct access to trail along the water. Site 11 has very nice water views but does not have a full hookup. Close to historic St. Marys and ferry to Cumberland Island and about a 45 minute drive to Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island for a nice day trip.
we have camped there several times. The first time we were hanging out at the beach and a submarine entered the waterway from the nearby naval base. It was really cool. Restrooms and showers always clean and a nice campground store with the necessities
Very spacious sites, well maintained. Love the view, great sites, but as in most places, the noseeums were unbearable as we set up camp. Love the trails here, and you need to visit downtown St Mary’s and take the ferry to Cumberland Island to visit the Carnegie Estate ruins and wild horses. Second time here and will come again.
Given the size of the RVs, this looks like a great family vacation destination. For us, the attraction was Cumberland Island which is a 45 minute ferry ride from St. Mary's GA (20 minutes from the campground).
Some Info About the Sites
There are many pull through sites which have huge gravel pads.
Back in sites have long parking pads.
The grassy areas accompanying each site are spacious.
We ended up in the middle (see map) on #3 because it's what was available. I recommend you stick to the outside of the loops. There are more opportunities for shade.
You'll be closest to the water at sites 39, 41 or 42. There are woods behind you if you stick with the area that includes sites 11-27.
Water and electricity at all sites
There is a restroom behind our site (#3) that is set up as men's/women's restrooms with 2 showers in each. One of the showers is handicapped accessible, but there is a nicer (newer) restroom across from site 48 and next to ADA site 46. There are 4 private restrooms (2 handicapped accessible) with toilet, sink and shower along with a laundry room with 2 washers and 2 dryers. The other restroom has a washer, dryer and utility sink between the men's and women's rooms.
Dump station and trash dumpsters along with recycling bins
Golf cart paths
Fun Things To Do
Visit Cumberland Island (see info below)
Bird watching - there's a bird blind for bird experts, novice watchers and photographers
Boating and fishing on the Crooked River
A few trails and an observation tower
Cumberland Island National Seashore: The only way to reach the island is via boat. A day trip via ferry from St. Marys is definitely worth the trip. You need to bring food for the day because there's no place to buy ANYTHING….really! You can get water in a few places, but we brought water to start the day. Our 8 mile hike took us south on the island to the Dungeness Ruins and further south before we turned around and headed across the island to the beach on the ocean side. There were probably only a couple hundred people on the island, and we only saw a few people on the beach. We saw lots of wildlife (feral horses, snakes, deer, armadillo) on the trails and in open areas. We hiked through the Sea Camp campground which had beautiful sites. If you want to stay overnight on Cumberland Island, you'll have to bring your tent and all your food.
This is one of my favorite campgrounds in Georgia. The island is only accessible by boat, and there are a limited number of people allowed on the island daily which means it is never over crowded. Use the food boxes. Raccoons are nosy.
We literally were steps away from the beach. They also have shaded spots on the opposite side of the park off the intracoastal. We loved camping so close to the beach and you have to book these spots months in advance normally! FYI dogs are not allowed on the beach here. The beachside camping has zero shade and no privacy between sites. It’s only about twenty spots so it’s really fun at night when people are all out and about. Clean bathrooms and showers right in the center of the spots. We walked along the beach to the old fort one morning and just relaxed! Lots of trails too, beautiful drive once inside the park to the campsites too! Really close to downtown Fernandina and lots of good restaurants and put out golf!
Visiting Cumberland Island National Seashore requires some advance planning because you must reserve a site at Sea Camp, Stafford Beach, or one of the backcountry sites AND you must reserve a spot on the ferry from St. Marys that aligns with your camping reservation. Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance and usually need to be made 5 - 6 months in advance for a site at Sea Camp.
I stayed on Cumberland Island in August and April. Months to avoid include July, August, and September because it is hot, humid, and later on in the summer - hurricane season! I did stay on Cumberland Island in August and the temperatures were record-setting hot almost everyday!!! The next time I visited I made sure to book the trip in April.
Sea Camp is a great way to ease into backpacking/camping/outdoor activities as it requires a short hike with gear to reach the campground but it is an established campground with (cold) showers and toilets and there are wagons available to help you haul your gear. In terms of packing, bring what you would bring for car camping but remember you are there to enjoy the beach and not to spend all day hauling gear from the dock to camp. After two trips, I've found that a backpack, cooler, camping supplies box, and chair are really all I need. Some campers bring showering systems to obtain hot water showers - I love the cold water showers especially after a hot day at the beach.
Once at Sea Camp, be sure to properly store your food inside the provided food cage AND make sure your food is properly wrapped and stored - ants can be problematic. If you have a cooler, you can buy more ice from the Ferry each morning at the Sea Camp Dock and you should plan to buy ice each day if you are staying for the hottest months.
I recommend a minimum of two nights but if you can stay for a week I highly recommend it. Staying multiple nights guarantees isolation and peace and quiet at night as the day visitors leave AND Cumberland Island is amazing for star gazing and staying multiple nights gives you a better chance of seeing shooting stars.
In terms of what to do - be sure to take a sunrise walk at least one morning - I took a sunrise walk and found SO MANY treasures washed ashore over a small area - I left them for others to enjoy but not until I lined them all up for a photo (see below). Also be sure to hike to and explore the Dungeness Ruins and make it a roundtrip hike by returning via the beach.
Finally, if you are only there a few days I would stay on the southern end of the island but if you are there for a more than a few days I suggest renting a bike (from the Ferry operators) and biking up to some of the other historical areas on the island.
In preparation for your trip, I highly recommend reading Untamed as it tells the history of Cumberland Island and the stories of some of its most famous residents.
Finally, be sure to hike some around sunset to see armadillos and wild horses.
We really enjoyed our stay. Our campsite was shady, clean and everyone was friendly. Close to the ocean, easy walk to the beach, I found a sharks tooth on the beach for my grandson. Fishing availed too.
What a truly unique gem of a place! Wild horses running on the beach (and all over the island). Be sure to bring/rent a bike so you can explore all the interesting sites along the islands trails. The ruins of an old mansion look like a much older archeological site. There are bathrooms and running (potable) water at the camp, and you're allowed to collect/burn dead wood in the area (often a bit soggy- worth bringing dry wood). The bugs were horrendous -no getting around that I guess, though I'm sure it would be better sometime other than summer. 100% need to book the ferry in advance and avoid leaving valuables (or anything obvious) in the car when you leave it behind on the mainland.
I have lived next to Cumberland Island for 23 years. It is a must see for anyone that loves visiting a pristine island with wild horses and plenty of things to see!
I live close to Crooked River State Park and have visited it several times over the years. They provide bike rentals ($12) if you dont have some with you! There is putt-putt golf as well as several hiking/biking trails to explore!
Clean restrooms! Three loops- one by the river mostly wooded and best for tents pop ups and smaller rv. The ocean loop is a dune away from the ocean. Open sites best for large rcvd and ocean lovers. A walk in tent only area with no ac. Same price as other sites though. Longer walk to the bathroom. A cool civil war fort on site (admission) overlooking the inlet. Fishing from the beach or inlet.Close to shopping and the cute town of Fernandina Beach.
Cumberland Island has something to do for everyone. There’s also different levels of camping such as front country camping, primitive camping, and backcountry-you’re-all-on-your-own-extreme primitive camping. There’s also a large variety of wildlife especially horses. They roam the entire island and they are not shy at all. There’s also gators, rattlesnakes, armadillos, brown snakes, and more. Those are just some of the creatures I actually encountered. some would probably be terrified but i was excited to have seen these animals in their natural habitat. Added to the whole primitive camping experience. Overall Cumberland Island was an awesome expirience, everythig from the 45 min ferry ride there and back to the biking along the coast on the beaches. (bike rentals are available). I recommend this adventure to anyone.
Fort Clinch has beaches, woods, with excellent hiking trails, and a civil war eara fort. The tent sites were a bit pricy, considering they don't have electricity. But they are in a very convient location, you can see lots of stars and hear the waves at night while you're sleeping. There were very few bugs. I would reccomend it if you are in the Jacksonville area.
The greenery on the island is beautiful. There are a lot of trails, and shoreline to explore. The island has wild horses, and a lot of southern history. Be sure to pack light, and don't leave anything in the car. Once you get to the island you can use the carts provided to haul all of your stuff to your campsite. They also have bikes available to rent.
Tent campsites are nice, but close together. Each site has a picnic table and firepit. The campground also has a lot of RV sites. The restrooms were really nice, with large showers, and washer and dryer. You can walk to the beach access, or drive to a larger beach access a short distance away. There were a lot of deer that ran close to the campground.
This place is not too far out and has rv and primitives campsites with nice fire rings. You can swim in the lake and there are two bath houses. You can kayak and fish. Also if you buy firewood from the check in office they will deliver it to you campsite. Sites aren't very private. But not too expensive. There is no store on site though. So you will always need to leave the grounds if you forgot anything.
Camped in site 141 - Pull thru sites with Full hook up in a 24' Travel Trailer. Just a stones throw from a huge lake for kayaking and fishing. Short 10 minute walk to 2 miles of private beach. 6 miles of hiking trails and over 20 miles of Biking Trails. Just a short 15 minutes from Downtown Jacksonville and Jacksonville Beach! Full Camp store with Kayak and Bike Rentals.
Some sites are small- close together but Row I, J and K are the best!!
You take a ferry to the island and have to bring everything on and off the island with in. Strict time on ferry and nibs island with rangers on it. bring a wagon with a cooler