Cannon's Point Preserve
Updated Hours of Operation:
Over the last few weeks, because of the pandemic, Cannon’s Point Preserve has been closed to ensure the health and safety of all visitors, volunteers, and staff. Now, as we work to reopen the Preserve, we will be offering a modified schedule of operations. During this time, we will continue to monitor federal, state, and local Covid-19 guidelines.
What do we mean by a “modified schedule”? Since the Preserve must be staffed when open to the public, we rely on trained docents to help fill shifts during operating hours. Whenever possible, the Preserve will be open during the normal Saturday-Monday, 9am-3pm schedule. However, the Preserve will not be open when we are unable to fully staff all shifts. Therefore, please continue to visit our website regularly to learn the dates and times that we will be open for each upcoming weekend. NOTE: The weekend schedule will be updated by 3pm every Friday.
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“I love meeting visitors and sharing the history of Cannon’s Point Preserve and the mission of the St. Simons Land Trust.”
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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