Park Service raising entrance fee to visit Cumberland Island

CUMBERLAND ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Visitors will have to pay a few dollars more next year to visit one of the most pristine and undisturbed barrier islands on the Georgia coast.

The National Park Service says it will raise entrance fees to Cumberland Island beginning Jan. 1. Adults will have to pay $7 to visit the island and its federally protected wilderness — a $3 increase from the current fee. Children 15 and younger will still be admitted for free.

The Park Service says it's the first fee increase since 2006 for the island, located offshore from the city of St. Marys near the Georgia-Florida line. The agency says the money will be used to repair and maintain roads and trails on the island, and to improve other facilities.