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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.
7 a.m.–10 p.m.
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)
Available in the park office
Things To Do & See:
• Boat Rental
• Boating — 10 HP limit
• Kayak, Canoe, Stand-Up Paddleboard & Aquacycle Rental — Park Paddlers Club
• Walking & Biking — 7 miles of trails
• 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