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Top 10 National Park Hikes

Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia

Willow Pond Trail With three different ecosystems and a maximum of 300 park guests per day, the Cumberland Island National Seashore, located just north of the Georgia-Florida border and only accessible via ferry from St. Mary’s, is perfect for nature lovers seeking quiet and crowd-free exploring. Established as a national seashore in 1972, the island’s beaches, salt marshes, and maritime forests are gorgeous. The Willow Pond Trail will take you from the rugged coast into the verdant forest.

Length 1.5 miles each way; .5 hours
Location Willow Pond Trail is located about 5.5 miles north of Sea Camp Dock along the Parallel Trail (about a 2-hour hike)
Difficulty Moderate; you’ve already hiked a few miles just to get to the trail so heat is your biggest obstacle
After beachcombing for sand dollars on the eastern coastline, hikers can trek into a forest of towering oak trees dressed in Spanish moss and encounter an array of wildlife, including wild horses, birds, deer, turkeys, and armadillos.

Khiara Ortiz


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