Cannon's Point Preserve
Phased Public Reopening of Preserve Amid COVID-19
The Georgia Governor’s office announced on Friday, June 12, the lifting of some restrictions regarding COVID-19. In accordance with these announcements, Cannon’s Point Preserve was reopened to the public on Saturday, June 13 through Monday, June 15 and will reopen again on Saturday, June 20 for the usual Saturday/Sunday/Monday schedule.
For safety reasons, we will be taking a gradual, phased approach to reopening. During this first phase that began on June 13, we will be following a COVID-19 protocol that is designed to help ensure the wellbeing of visitors, volunteers, and staff. To best prepare for a visit to the Preserve, therefore, please note the following information:
- The Georgia-Pacific Education Pavilion remains closed to the public. However, trained docents and staff will be allowed in this area, where all visitors will be verbally signed-in upon arrival and signed-out when leaving the Preserve.
- To minimize physical contact, docents and staff will remain in the Pavilion and will not be greeting guests outside as usual.
- Again, to minimize contact, no handouts will be provided to guests. This includes brochures/maps. Please use your cellphone to download the Preserve map and scavenger hunts prior to visiting the Preserve.
- Social distancing is encouraged, even while outdoors.
- Self-exploration on the Preserve is also encouraged.
- Please bring plenty of drinking water, bug spray and sunscreen for the duration of your visit.
The Preserve hours remain Saturday-Monday 9:00AM-3:00PM.
The Land Trust will continue to monitor the current health situation to ensure the safety of volunteers, visitors, and staff, and we will update the SSLT website regularly with any changes. Therefore, please be sure to check this site before visiting the Preserve. If you have questions, please call our office at (912) 638-9109.
Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time. We hope you enjoy your time at Cannon’s Point Preserve. Happy hiking!
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.
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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