Regularly hailed as one of the most beautiful islands in North America this spot is home to some remarkable scenery and romantic imagery with blustery, white sand beaches populated by wild horses. The largest of the barrier islands on the coast of Georgia, Cumberland has a fascinating history as well as being a burgeoning tourist haven. It was once home to the Carnegie family who owned 90% of the island and was the scene of the Battle of Bloody Marsh between the British and Spanish troops in 1742.
The remains of many of the stately homes and buildings of the plantation era are still here and can still be visited, including the ruins of Dungeness Castle which are striking and fascinating. The rest of Cumberland Island is a National Park with wonderful wildlife and gothic salt marshes but the draw for most tourists are the beaches with pleasant water and beautiful vistas. Be cautious however, there is an uncommonly large population of sharks in the waters surrounding the island and attacks occasionally happen. There are only two ways to stay on the island; at the converted Carnegie mansion named Greyfield or at one of many government campsites located around the island.
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