Last Plum Orchard Sunday, January 22, 2012 | Arts & Culture
Cumberland Island National Seashore Superintendent Fred Boyles announced today that Sunday January 22, 2012 will be the last Plum Orchard Sunday. “The ferry service has been a convenient way for visitors to see Plum Orchard, but since we started the Lands and Legacies tour, the normally high fall and winter visitation numbers have not returned,” said Park Superintendent Fred Boyles. “While the Plum Sunday tours were always popular with visitors, the demand is not as strong as it once was. We will continue to do the annual Plum Orchard Christmas trip in December.”
Visitors are still able to tour Plum Orchard by participating in the popular Land and Legacies tour which occurs Thursday through Monday and will resume daily trips March 1, 2012. Reservations are strongly recommended for the Lands and Legacies tour and can be made by calling 1-877-860-6787 Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Also, for those who choose to travel Cumberland Island by foot or bike, Plum Orchard is open for tours when a volunteer caretaker is in residence. Check at the Sea Camp Ranger Station for times and availability.
Cumberland Island National Seashore is the largest and southernmost barrier island in Georgia. The park is home to approximately 36,000 acres of pristine maritime forest, undeveloped beaches, freshwater lakes, wide brackish marshes and over 9,800 acres of Congressionally designated Wilderness. The Seashore was authorized by Congress in 1972 and is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The Seashore is one of over 395 units administered by the National Park Service. For more information call 912-882-4336 ext. 254 or visit www.nps.gov/cuis.