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Cannon's Point Preserve
Hours, Regulations, Safety

 

CANNON'S POINT PRESERVE CLOSURE:

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 the fresh air 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!

 

Be Aware

The following are things to be mindful of as you enter the property:

  • Water
    • There is NO WATER, please bring plenty for yourself
  • Restrooms
    •  These are located at the parking area
  • Trash
    • There are NO TRASH RECEPTICLES, please take out what you bring in
  • Biting insects - bring your own bug spray
    • Ticks
    • Mosquitoes
    • Gnats
  • Venomous Snakes
    • Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
    • Timber Rattlesnake
    • Cottonmouth
  • Plants
    • Poison Ivy
    • Jumping Cactus
    • Prickly Pear Cactus
  • Cell Phone Service
    • Limited cell phone service on the property
  • Pets
    • As animal lovers, we understand the desire to bring pets on a CPP excursion but please keep in mind:
      • Pets are not native.
      • A pets presence at the Preserve disrupts the behavior and health of existing native wildlife.
      • A pet should never be left in a vehicle for an extended period of time, especially in the summer heat.
      • A vehicle left on is a fire hazard for the wilderness area.
      • Alternative locations for pets include:
        • Frederica Park
        • Alice Richards Botanical Trail
        • John Gilbert Nature Trail
        • East Beach (please check with county rules and regulations)

Rules and Regulations

  • NO pets
  • NO climbing
  • NO collecting
  • NO drones
  • NO metal detectors
  • NO launching of kayaks or other boats after 1pm
  • NO bikes or motorized vehicles on hiking trails
  • NO vehicles in northern area except for emergency, maintenance, management, and tours
  • NO camping
  • NO hunting
  • NO smoking
  • Trash MUST be taken with you when you leave
  • Guns must remain stored, out of sight, and in locked vehicles at all times
  • Visitor parking is at Taylor's Fish Camp
  • Speed Limit is 25 on paved road, 15 on unpaved road
  • Fishing requires a GA license, state regulations apply
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