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Cannon's Point Preserve
Hours, Regulations, Safety



Cannon’s Point Preserve continues its hours of operation on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. During this time, the public can access trails, observation towers, the non-motorized boat launch, the Couper Plantation ruins, and other areas.

Please note, however, that we have initiated new health and safety protocols to insure the wellbeing of our docents and guests. These include:

  • ALL visitors checking in at the Georgia-Pacific Education Pavilion inside the Preserve. 
  • Only docents and staff are allowed inside the screened Pavilion, where they will take the names and check-in times of all guests.  This includes those who arrive by automobile as well as those on bikes or those who hike into the Preserve. 
  • Maps and brochures are available for guests at the check-in table outside the Pavilion
  • While the docents are available to answer any questions visitors have, they will maintain a safe social distance from one another and visitors.  Guests are encouraged to explore the Preserve on their own. 
  • All visitors MUST return to the Pavilion and let docents know that they are leaving BEFORE 3:00 PM.

Thank you for observing these and other rules listed below for everyone’s safety.

Again, we are grateful that we are able to provide passive recreation including hiking trails, bike paths, wilderness areas, and other outdoor spaces to the community.  We plan to continue doing so while also making certain that our guests, volunteers, and staff remain as safe and healthy as possible.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Land Trust’s offices at 912-638-9109, and someone will return your call.  Thank you!


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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