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St. Marys

Boating In St. Marys, Georgia

A Historic Stop Worth the Detour

One of the most rewarding items for regular cruisers on the Atlantic ICW is revisiting their favorite stops each year, especially if those stops are directly on the ICW. But some of the most interesting places are a little off the “magenta line.” Taking the time to reach these places will reward those who make the effort. St. Marys, Georgia, located 4.5 nautical miles west of the ICW at the Georgia-Florida border, is one of those stops worth the detour.

Settled on a scenic bend in the St. Marys River, this historic town has made the most of its riverfront location. It is the gateway city to nearby Cumberland Island National Seashore. The seashore’s visitor center, museum and ferry terminal are located in the center of town. The seashore covers most of Cumberland Island, Georgia’s largest barrier island. With almost 10,000 acres of preserved habitat, the island contains numerous distinct ecological areas, giving it the greatest biodiversity of any of the southeast coast barrier islands.

If you visit just once, St. Marys might become a regular detour you look forward to repeating every year.

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Cumberland Island National Seashore
Here pristine maritime forests, undeveloped beaches and wide marshes make up beautiful Cumberland Island National Seashore. Make room in your itinerary to camp, bike, and tour this gorgeous landmark.
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St. Marys Submarine Museum
This historic museum is dedicated to the submarines of the United States with some information and items about other countries submarine forces. It also has the most modern submarine periscope on public display in the country.
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Crooked River State Park
Located on the southern tip of Georgia's Colonial Coast, this park is the perfect spot for enjoying the ICW and maritime forest. The park's nature trail winds through forest and salt marsh where hikers can spot gopher, tortoises, fiddler crabs and herons.
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McIntosh Sugar Mill Park
Located off Charlie Smith Highway in St. Marys, visitors will experience the historic tabby ruins from an old sugar mill. The ruins are believed to have been built in the late 1820s.
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Blue Goose Cafe
126 Osborne St. St. Marys, GA 31558
(912) 673-7974
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Lang's Marina Restaurant
307 St. Marys St. W. St. Marys, GA 31558
(912) 882-4432
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Riverside Cafe
106 St. Marys St. St. Marys, GA 31558
(912) 882-3466
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St. Marys Seafood & More
1837 Osborne Rd. St. Marys, GA 31558
(912) 467-4217
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Nearest Airport
McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport
30.7479, -81.5706
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