Exploring Cumberland Island

Cumberland Island TreesGeorgia is home to many unique historic locations. One of my favorites is Cumberland Island. Located just off the coast of St. Marys, it’s one of the most secluded and remote spots that you can visit. A while ago, while camping at Crooked River State Park, we decided to take a day trip over to the island. Our adventure started with a ferry ride over to Cumberland. It’s a quick trip across the water, and before we knew it, we were there. We planned ahead for our trip, bringing sunscreen, water, a picnic lunch and cameras. (There is no place on the island to purchase things like snacks and sunscreen, so you have to bring your own!)

Cumberland Island HorsesOnce we arrived, we found different trails to explore throughout the island with lots of sights to see, including the ruins of one of the homes that used to belong to the Carnegie family. We also spotted a few of the wild horses that call the island home. There were also troops of armadillos that darted through the woods and onto the trails.

Cumberland Island Beach ShellsBeing able to “unplug” for the day was fantastic. I didn’t have cell phone service; there was no background noise or traffic, just nature. If you want to escape all the commotion of your everyday life, even for just a little bit, this is the place! We eventually made our way to the other side of the island where we enjoyed the beach, which was full of seashells and a few seagulls. I’ve only visited a few times but have never been lucky enough to catch a group of horses trotting through the surf. Guess I’ll have to go back again!

After a day spent trekking through several of the trails and relaxing on the sand, we made our way back to the dock. Most everyone who had ridden the ferry with us earlier in the day returned as well. You can camp on the island, but I haven’t had a chance to do that yet either, so I will have to start planning my next visit soon!

Warm Springs Batmobile

Anna Lee Mikell is a Southern girl raised in Georgia and South Carolina. She loves Southern food, photography and SEC football. You can often find her searching for old records at the flea market or sipping sweet iced tea.

 

 

Georgia Grown: Lane Southern Orchards

What: Lane Southern Orchards & their Sweet Georgia Peaches

Where: Fort Valley, Georgia

cooked cobbler w ice cream 6The Story: Since 1908, Lane Southern Orchards has planted, grown and harvested over 3,000 acres of the best-tasting peaches in Georgia.  The sweet, Georgia peach can be enjoyed from mid-May through August.  This friendly agricultural operation offers over 300,000 visitors annually a chance to see a real working farm.  You can take a tour of the Farm in June & July, the peak of Peach Season, and get a behind the scenes look at the peach orchards.  Follow this informational tour with a self guided tour on our elevated catwalk and watch how we grade them and see how the peach makes if from the trees right to your family’s table.

Breads 2You don’t have to wait until summer to enjoy this sweet, Georgia Treat.  Our peaches are frozen and used year round in our famous peach cobbler, peach ice cream, peach bread and bread pudding served daily in our Peachtree Cafe.  If you want to take a taste of Lane Peaches home to enjoy later, our frozen cobblers and peach slices are now available at our Roadside Mark.  Lane Southern Orchards’ family-friendly atmosphere keeps folks coming back to the farm year after year.

Lane Southern Orchards is open daily year round.  Visit their Peachtree Café for a yummy snack and stop by their roadside market for local, fresh produce, gift items and our gourmet items.

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