Favorite thing: At the end of our tour, we went through the lighthouse museum and then just hung out around the dock and talked to other tourists. We certainly didn't want to miss the ferry, but it was peaceful while we waited and just absorbed the atmosphere.
Wild horses seem to live on remote barrier islands like Assateague and Cumberland. The ranger told us that they asked people what they should do with the feral animals on the island which included pigs, cows and horses. People had no problem with them getting rid of the wild boars and the cattle, but wanted the horses left alone.
So - they are left alone. Nothing is done for the horses - unlike Asseteague or Chincoteague where they are rounded up and the herd culled, nothing is done for these horses. They aren't fed or vaccinated - they don't have their hooves trimmed and they aren't wormed.
They are wild and they are on their own.
The ones up by the old ruins are in the best shape because they have access to fresh water
Fondest memory: Viewing the horses from our boat when we passed by (photo 5 - taken with a point and shoot film camera in 2002), and then getting to see them up closer when we visited the island.
Cumberland Island is the southernmost of the Georgia Barrrier islands. We have been all around it by sea, but until 2011 we had never actually been to the island. We've come from Jekyll Island and gone out Brunswick Inlet and come around in in the St. Mary's Inlet. And then when we were coming north 3 or 4 months later, we've come from Fernandina up past Kings Bay Submarine Base to Jekyll again.
We could have anchored off the SW side of the island near the ferry dock, and it is possible to go in to the island by dinghy from your own boat.
Fondest memory: The best thing about Cumberland Island as far as I am concerned is the wild horses that I can see from the ICW. But I think the other wild life would be interesting to see.
I'm not sure how far I could walk on the island, but I guess I will not know until I try.