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Cannon's Point Preserve

CLOSURE UPDATE:

Because Georgia continues to be in a “high risk” period with the COVID-19 virus and is one of approximately 21 states that are considered “red zones” with increasing numbers of confirmed cases, we have decided to keep Cannon’s Point Preserve closed temporarily. In addition, Glynn County is considered a hot-spot within the state, with high rates of “community spread” and with local hospitals at capacity.
 
To ensure maximum safety of all CPP volunteers and docents, Preserve visitors, and SSLT staff, Cannon’s Point Preserve will remain closed until further notice. We will continue to monitor the situation daily and to follow guidelines from the Glynn County Public Health System and other local, state, and national authorities. During this time, we hope you will visit other Land Trust properties that do not require staffing and where you can hike, bike, and explore on your own.
 
Thank you for your understanding as we remain cautiously optimistic about reopening the Preserve later this summer or in the fall.  

  

Features

Cannon's Point Preserve, located on Cannon's Point Drive, is open to the public on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays from 9am - 3pm. View sitemap HERE.

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 CPP is open to the public, there will be docents on-site welcoming visitors.

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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, and manatee. 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.

CPP 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.

CPP is a wonderful, primitive, wilderness experience staffed by volunteers. To fully enjoy your visit, please be aware that only biking and walking are permitted once your vehicle is parked at Taylor's Fish Camp. Also, 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.

 

History

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 and is a no-take preserve.

 

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