Cannon's Point Preserve
On September 28, 2012 the Land Trust announced the closing of the organization’s purchase of Cannon’s Point Preserve, an undeveloped, 608- acre wilderness tract located on St. Simons Island, Georgia. It is the goal of the Land Trust and its partners in this project for Cannon’s Point Preserve to be a nationwide model for preservation, conservation and nature-centered recreation and education.
The $25 million to purchase and open Cannon’s Point Preserve were raised during an 18-month capital campaign that included gifts and pledges from individuals, foundations and organizations that ranged from more than $12-million to less than $1,000. Hank and Wendy Paulson, owners of Little St. Simons Island, were the lead donors to the project.
Cannon’s Point Preserve is protected in perpetuity under a conservation easement held by The Nature Conservancy.
Cannon's Point Preserve is open to the public on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays 9am - 3pm. Please note: Due to damage and safety concerns resulting from Hurricane Irma, only the southern area of Cannon's Point Preserve is currently accessible. The northern end of the preserve will remain closed until further notice. The non-motorized boat launch is open for launching from 9am - 1pm. There is a kiosk at the entrance to the Preserve where visitors will find maps and other information. On days when Cannon's Point is open to the public, there will be a volunteer at the entrance or on-site welcoming visitors.
Cannon's Point Preserve has some of the last intact maritime forest on St. Simons Island and is rich in cultural and natural history. The peninsula has over six miles of salt marsh, tidal creek and river shore line that provide habitat for wildlife such as oysters, birds, fish, manatee and shell fish. Shell middens dating back to 2500 BCE are on the site, as are the remains of the large plantation home and slave quarters built by John Couper in the 1800s.
Cannon’s Point Preserve also offers many recreational and educational experiences. You can:
- Go for a nature hike
- Go for a bike ride
- See historic ruins
- Go birding
- Find a quiet spot and have a picnic
- Launch a canoe, paddleboard, or kayak from the non-motorized boat launch
You will find interpretive signage along the trails and at sites of historic and ecological importance to further your knowledge of Cannon’s Point Preserve.
Cannon’s Point Preserve is a wonderful primitive wilderness experience staffed by volunteers. To fully enjoy your visit, please be aware that there is no access to potable water and limited access to restroom facilities.Before visiting, please familiarize yourself with the following information sheets. Cannon’s Point Preserve is a veritable wilderness and we recommend that you take some preparations before you visit to best enjoy your experience.