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Cannon's Point Preserve

On April 30th, Governor Kemp’s Executive Order to shelter-in-place was lifted, but he has urged the “medically fragile” to stay at home until June 12 (read more HERE). The temporary closure of Cannon’s Point Preserve will remain in effect until further notice. We appreciate your understanding and encourage you and your loved ones to remain socially distant and safely take advantage of other protected properties during these beautiful spring days.

Please Note: Prior to the reopening of the Preserve, the Land Trust will take all necessary precautions to keep its volunteers, staff, and CPP visitors safe and healthy during this time.  

The temporary closure of Cannon’s Point Preserve during the COVID-19 pandemic is due to several important factors.

  • The sensitivity of the Preserve’s natural and cultural resources, along with significant infrastructure improvements made possible by the generosity of the community, necessitates that the Preserve be staffed whenever it is opened to the public. 
  • Because the Governor has urged the "medically fragile" to remain home, we neither want to jeopardize the health of volunteers, visitors, and staff nor ask anyone to ignore the Governor's directives.
  • We therefore made the decision to temporarily close the Preserve to the public until further notice. We continue to carefully monitor the situation and will reopen the Preserve as soon as it is safe to do so.

In the meantime, we look forward to reopening the Preserve as soon as possible.  Fortunately, there are a number of great alternatives on St. Simons Island to be outdoors and enjoy nature.  Some of the options include properties owned by the St. Simons Land Trust such as Guale Preserve, John Gilbert Nature Trail, Old Stables Corner, the backyard of our offices at 1810 Frederica, and other pocket parks across the island. In addition, Glynn County-maintained properties such as Frederica Park & the Alice Richards Botanical Trail, Harrington Park, and Gascoigne Bluff Park all remain open for public enjoyment while maintaining the required personal distancing. 

Thank you for your understanding. Be well, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

 

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.

To become a Land Trust Volunteer, click HERE.

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.

Read our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.

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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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