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Cannon's Point Preserve

PLEASE NOTE: Although the Covid-19 protocol has been lifted at the Preserve, we will continue to limit handouts of brochures and maps. A QR code linking to the Preserve map will be available for download. Thank you for understanding as we strive to be as green as possible!

PLEASE ALSO NOTE: The non-motorized boat launch is closed for repairs until further notice. The fixed platform and walkway are open for wildlife viewing along the marsh, but the gangway and float on the water are closed. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to have the launch open again soon.

 

 

Conservation Champions Are Needed!

Please help us keep Cannon’s Point Preserve open by becoming a trained Land Trust volunteer. As a Preserve Docent, you will learn about the cultural and ecological significance of this historic property.  You will also have a chance to enjoy all that the Preserve has to offer as you assist visitors and work with other CPP volunteers and staff. Hours are flexible and training can be done virtually at your convenience. Please reach out to Marty Moody at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in joining our corps of dedicated volunteers.

“I love meeting visitors and sharing the history of Cannon’s Point Preserve and the mission of  the St. Simons Land Trust.”

--CPP Docent

  

Features

Cannon's Point Preserve, located on Cannon's Point Drive, is open to the public Saturday - Monday from 9am - 3pm unless otherwise noted HERE. 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.

 

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, scientific research, and nature-centered recreation and education.

The $25 million required 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.

In February of 2021, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), approximately 100 protected acres were added to the Preserve. This additional acreage brings Cannon's Point to more than 700 acres of permanently protected maritime forest, salt marsh, tidal creek and river shoreline that provide habitat for wildlife such as oysters, birds, fish, and manatee and is part of the globally important Altamaha River corridor.

The addition to CPP was made possible by a $1 million National Coastal Wetland Conservation Grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and administered by Georgia DNR's Wildlife Conservation Section. It includes 35.7 upland acres and a little more than 63 acres of marshland, all of which were once part of the former Oatlands Plantation and are contiguous with the Cannon's Point property. The upland acres comprise the northernmost Oatlands tract -- one of two parcels purchased by the St. Simons Land Trust in 2018 from heirs of Jackie and Nathaniel Hasell, longtime residents of St. Simons.The former Oatlands/Hasell parcel will now also be protected in perpetuity under the original Cannon's Point Preserve conservation easement that is held by The Nature Conservancy.

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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