It is a National Seashore containing over 9,000 acres (approximately fifteen square miles) of designated wilderness. A must-see is the Dungeness trail, a short one and a half mile trek along the south end of the island. They have reverted to their wild state and have adapted to living on the island without the help of … However, the horses currently on the island were left behind by landowners in the late 1800s and early 1900s. I spent the day touring Georgia's Cumberland Island with naturalist Fred Whitehead, who has an intimate knowledge of the island's "wild" horses and varied ecosystems.. We travel by historic Fort Clinch on the tip of Amelia Island to take pictures and talk about the history or this 1800's fort. Cumberland Island Horse The Cumberland Island Horse, as the name suggests, is a group of free-roaming and unmanaged feral horses native to the Cumberland Island of the American state of Georgia. 15 October 2015 - Published on This is a great way to visit Cumberland Island with young kids in tow. Children enjoy the story telling, and get to see wild horses, wild turkey, waterfowl, and dolphins galore.

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting History of Cumberland Island.

According to historical records, horses were brought here as livestock when the Spanish established missions here in the late-1500s.

Roughly the size of Manhattan, Cumberland is a small island off the southern Georgia coast that boasts 17.5 miles of pristine beaches and wild horses. It is no more developed today that it was in the early 20th century, as large landowners and now the National Park Service have tightly regulated development on the island for over a century. Why visit this outlying island that you can only reach by the Cumberland ferry or private boat? Genetic studies conducted in 1991 by the University of Georgia and University of Kentucky on the island’s population showed that Cumberland’s horses are closely related to Tennessee Walkers, American Quarter Horses, Arabians, and Paso Fino. Cumberland Island, off the coast of Georgia, is one of the last and largest undeveloped barrier islands in the country. Wild Horse in front of Dungeness Ruins Historical Site - Cumberland Island National Seashore But one of the most unique things about Cumberland Island is the wild horses that call it home. Perhaps Cumberland’s most famous inhabitants are its feral horses. Cumberland Island Georgia is a shockingly natural seashore where you won't encounter other people but beaches with wild horses instead! The Amelia Island River Cruise offers a 2 hour narrated water tour of Cumberland Island which highlights the history and local folklore. Today, there are an estimated 130 to 150 horses on the island. Popular legend holds that the wild horses of Cumberland Island descend from Spanish Jennets imported and maintained there between 1566 and 1675, when Spain had a fort and missions on the island. Today was fantastic! Cumberland Island Tourism: Tripadvisor has 1,914 reviews of Cumberland Island Hotels, Attractions, and Restaurants making it your best Cumberland Island resource. Horses have been on Cumberland Island for hundreds of years in conjunction with human habitation. The horses that inhabit Cumberland Island today have descended from modern, domestic breeds. Cumberland is a designated National Seashore, and another Georgia Golden Isles treasure.

Wild Horse Island Beckons. This unspoiled island paradise is Georgia's largest barrier island, and the one furthest south (just south of Jekyll Island). Our historians will share the colorful stories that define the character of this unique part of the world. Read more. Wild horses of Cumberland Island The bewitching, alluring horses that roam freely on Cumberland are called “feral” horses, because their origin is from domesticated horses brought to the island. We cruise by Fernandina’s shrimp boats, historic Old Towne and Ft. Clinch to the wild horses of Cumberland Island. The wild horses I saw and vague stories of the Carnegie’s and Candlers intrigued me. Of the 160 or so horses, there is a mix of breeds and a range of colors, from white to tan … Carolyn J. Miller. Horses have roamed the island wild for over 500 years, delivered to its shores by the Spanish. Since this is a band of feral animals, they are not provided with any food or veterinary treatment. Our goal is to see wildlife, like the wild horses on Cumberland Island, sea life like dolphin, manatee, sea turtles and more. Must-do family vacation!