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George L. Smith State Park

Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 478-763-2759

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"The peaceful natural beauty of George L. Smith State Park and the serene, cypress filled water of the mill pond offer you a tranquil escape where a small town, down home atmosphere provides both recreational and historical experiences."

With natural beauty, lakeside camping and cozy cottages, this secluded park is the perfect south Georgia retreat. It is best known for the refurbished Parrish Mill and Pond, a combination gristmill, saw mill, covered bridge and dam built in 1880. A group shelter near the bridge is popular for family reunions and parties. Some campsites sit right on the water’s edge, while cottages with gas fireplaces and screened porches are nestled into the woods.
The park’s mill pond beckons anglers and paddlers to explore thick stands of cypress and tupelo trees draped with Spanish moss. Canoeists and kayakers can join the Park Paddlers Club. While on the water, nature enthusiasts can look for beaver dams, blue heron, white ibis and other wading birds. The park rents boats, and nearby outfitters offer guided paddle trips. Hikers can stretch their legs on seven miles of trails while searching for gopher tortoises, Georgia’s state reptile.

$5 parking. Annual passes available.

Park Hours:

7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Office Hours:

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Accommodations & Facilities:

• 1,634 Acres
• 8 Cottages ($135–$150) — #1 & #4 are dog friendly ($45/dog, max 2)
• 25 Campsites ($25–$30)
• 4 Primitive Campsites ($8/person) — call to reserve
• 412-Acre Lake
• Historic Covered Bridge & Mill
• 4 Picnic Shelters ($35)
• Group Shelter (seats 94, $95 Monday–Thursday/$175 Friday–Sunday)
• Pioneer Campground ($50)
wireless connection Available in the park office

Things To Do & See:

• Fishing
• Boat Rental
• Boating — 10 HP limit
• Kayak, Canoe, Stand-Up Paddleboard & Aquacycle Rental — Park Paddlers Club
• Walking & Biking — 7 miles of trails
• Playgrounds
• Birding

Nearby Attractions:

Brazell's Creek Golf Course at Gordonia-Alatamaha
Georgia's Classic South
• Georgia Southern University
Gordonia-Alatamaha State Park
Magnolia Springs State Park
Mill Pond Kayak
Statesboro, GA

George L. Smith State Park Business Plan

Friends of George L. Smith

WSB TV "Hidden Treasures"

Get Close to Nature at George L. Smith — WTOC-TV

Park Paddlers Club

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  • 25 Campsites - Reserve
  • 8 Cottages - Reserve
  • 4 Picnic Shelters - Reserve
  • 1 Group Shelter - Reserve
  • 1 Pioneer Camp - Reserve
  • 4 Primitive Campsites - call 478-763-2759 to reserve
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Hidden Gem Nature Hike - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 4, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Walk with us through our park's hidden gem, the 3-mile nature trail which contains an abundance of gopher tortoise habitat. Bring your camera for the chance to take a picture of Georgia's State Reptile. Suggest bringing comfortable shoes, water and bug spray. No pets allowed. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
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Full Moon Paddle
Friday, Sep 16, 2016 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Oct 14, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Join us for a moonlight canoe and kayak paddle under the stars. Pre-register through the office any day prior to the event between 8 AM and 5 PM. Check-in will be from 5:00 PM until 5:30 PM. We will launch at 5:35 PM.  $15 per person includes equipment, $8 per person if you bring your own. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
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George L. Smith State Park
371 George L. Smith State Park Road
Twin City, GA 30471
Emanuel County

GPS Coordinates:
N 32.5585600 | W -82.1193700

Located between Metter and Twin City off Highway 23. Take I-16 exit #104.

George L. Smith State Park
371 George L. Smith State Park Road
Twin City, GA 30471 View Details

George L. Smith State Park

Make reservations using the options above or call 1-800-864-7275 (Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–8 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. EST).
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