Cannon’s Point Preserve is a stunning stretch of 600-acre green, lush land on the very north end of St. Simons Island. The Cannon’s Point Preserve property was acquired by the St. Simons Land Trust in 2012 for $24 million and is now operated by the Land Trust and many helpful volunteers who have a love and appreciation of the land and the abundant wildlife that calls the area home. This is one of the best St. Simons Island attractions to see local wildlife in its natural habitat.
On the Preserve
The Cannon Point area is open for the public to explore and features various wild native species, a large and spacious maritime forest full of dense trees and shrubbery, and six miles of marsh. This unique preserve is one of the most biologically rich systems in Georgia, as it is linked directly to the Altamaha River delta. As such, there are numerous shell rings and middens on site that date back to 2500 BCE, and many plantation ruins that date back to the 19th Century as well. The area is a great spot for taking pictures and looking out for all kinds of birds, bugs and other creatures.
Coming to Cannon’s Point Preserve offers a primitive wilderness opportunity so all visitors should come prepared for their explorations. This means bringing water, plenty of snacks, bug spray, and wearing appropriate attire, such as long sleeves, closed toed shoes, and long pants. No pets are allowed on Cannon Point. There are limited use restrooms in Taylor’s Fish Camp near the main parking area and additional restrooms are located at Frederica Park one mile south on Lawrence Road. Access to the Preserve is limited to pedestrians and bikes. Those who maintain the land urge guests to leave behind no trash or trace of their visit and to respect the area; please help us preserve St. Simons Island attractions like this for future visitors! Cannon’s Point Preserve is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and on Sundays and Mondays from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.