Why Kingsland and Cumberland Island, Georgia Should be on Your List of ‘Must See’ Destinations

From the natural beauty of Cumberland Island to excursions on one of the oldest privately owned shortline railroads, Kingsland offers unique adventures only found in this coastal Georgia destination

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Nestled on the southeast coast of Georgia, just three miles from the Georgia/Florida border and 25 miles north of Jacksonville, Florida, Kingsland, Georgia, is a charming small town oozing with natural beauty, Southern hospitality, delicious seafood, interesting shopping and loads of unique adventures. Explore the serene beauty of Cumberland Island National Seashore before heading back to town and hopping aboard the Georgia Coastal Railway where you’ll be entertained on one of many themed train rides through the area. Next, indulge in some of the freshest seafood around and shop one-of-a-kind local treasures in a quaint historic downtown.

Discover the Natural Beauty of Cumberland Island

Kingsland is the gateway to one of coastal Georgia’s most treasured places, Cumberland Island. Very few places like Cumberland Island exist anymore, making it one of the most unique places along the Georgia coast. Mostly made up of pristine maritime forests, undeveloped beaches and wide marshes, Georgia’s largest and southernmost barrier island offers roads and trails perfect for reconnecting with nature. Only accessible by a ferry boat, Cumberland Island is a well-preserved jewel along the Georgia coast that allows all who visit the opportunity to go “off the grid” and engage with nature without distraction.

Make your way to Cumberland Island National Seashore by ferry, then wander along the interior of the island winding your way through a plethora of majestic live oaks and palmetto trees while trying to spot the island’s wildlife—wild horses, turkeys, alligators, deer and an impressive variety of coastal birds all call Cumberland home. There’s also no shortage of history on this rugged, unspoiled island. Visitors to the island will discover the history of Plum Orchard Mansion, the ruins of the once elaborate Carnegie Estate “Dungeness,” Cumberland Wharf and the Settlement of the First African Baptist Church. Want to take in more of the island? Camping is also available on Cumberland as well as bike rentals and tours. Click here for more information on ferry reservations, bike rentals, tours and camping.

Experience Themed Train Rides Aboard the Georgia Coastal Railway

Another “unique to the area” experience is the Georgia Coastal Railway. Hop on board one of America’s oldest privately owned shortline railroads and experience everything from scenic rides to themed excursions. This family friendly adventure entertains passengers of all ages with various seasonally themed rides through neighborhoods, Georgia marshlands, commercial districts and a working rail yard. From the Murder Mystery Express, The Great Gatsby Express and The Wine Tasting Special to the Pizza Express, The Wild West Train and the ever-popular Christmas Train, there’s sure to be an adventure to pique your interest. For a full list of themed rides, click here. All excursions depart from the Kingsland Station located on South Lee Street, just two miles west of I-95. Advance reservations strongly encouraged. Georgia Coastal Railway, 440 South Lee Street, Kingsland, Georgia 31548; 904-370-3744

Not to Miss Kingsland Eateries 

One of the best things about this coastal destination is the food! From fresh off the boat seafood to legendary barbecue, diners are in for a real treat when visiting Kingsland. Craving barbecue? Don’t miss Malson’s BBQ. This walk-up window service establishment features down-home Southern fare including ribs, brisket and classic Southern sides. Settle in at the outdoor picnic tables and sink your teeth into some of Kingsland’s best barbeque. One thing is for sure, you won’t leave hungry! Malson’s BBQ, 1330 Boone Ave Ext., Kingsland, Georgia 31548; 912-882-4355

Prepare to enjoy some of the freshest seafood around at Ship 2 Shore Seafood & Steaks. Serving a variety of Southern delights and fresh seafood dishes, Ship 2 Shore is a favorite among locals and visitors. With an extensive menu, the toughest decision for patrons will be just what to order. Choose from local crab, shrimp, mahi, grouper and more including many non-seafood options. Ship 2 Shore Seafood & Steaks, 1947 Commerce Drive, Kingsland, Georgia 31548; 912-882-5711

Where to Shop Local Treasures in Kingsland

Shop for that perfect gift or special treasure in the shopping district, located in the heart of historic downtown Kingsland. Browse antiques, gifts, home accessories, local products and more. Stop in Caroline’s Closet for boutique clothing, gifts and jewelry. Offering items for him and her, shoppers are sure to find something they can’t live without. Caroline’s Closet, 108 South Lee Street, Kingsland, Georgia 31548; 912-227-7536

Hooks Crafted Leather offers handmade leather goods that are 100% made in the USA by skilled craftsmen with over a decade of experience in leather working. From handbags, overnight bags and bracelets for her to belts, wallets and hats for him, shoppers will delight in the quality craftsmanship of these unique items. They even have pet items too. Treat your four-legged friends to a new collar or leash! Hooks Crafted Leather Co., 100 South Lee Street, Kingsland, Georgia 31548; 478-494-0690

Where to Stay in Kingsland

With easy access on and off I-95, Kingsland offers many lodging options from big brand hotels to inns and RV parks. For a complete list of Kingsland lodging options, visit www.VisitKingsland.com/placestostay.htm.

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