Crooked River State Park

Crooked River State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 912-882-5256

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"Set your own pace with the rise and the fall of tides shaping Crooked River State Park, connecting generations with forests, scenic marsh views and abundant coastal wildlife."

Located on southern tip of Georgia’s Colonial Coast, this park is the perfect spot for enjoying the intracoastal waterway and maritime forest.  Campsites are surrounded by palmettos and Spanish moss-draped oaks, while cottages are set near the tidal river. A boat ramp is popular with anglers who often take to the water before sunrise. Just down the road is the ferry to famous Cumberland Island National Seashore known for secluded beaches and wild horses. 
 
The park’s nature trail winds through forest and salt marsh, and hikers may see gopher tortoises, fiddler crabs, herons and other birds.  A nature center features fish, snakes, turtles and other animals native to coastal Georgia. Visitors may venture to the nearby ruins of a tabby mill, built around 1825 and later used as a starch factory during the Civil War.

$5 parking. Annual passes available.
GeorgiaStateParks.org/CrookedRiver

Park Hours:

7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Office Hours:

Sunday–Thursday 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
Friday–Saturday 8 a.m.–10 p.m.

Accommodations & Facilities:

• 500 Acres
• North Star Bait & Tackle Shop
• 11 Cottages ($160–$185) — #1, 4, 10 & 11 are dog friendly ($45/dog, max 2)
• 62 Campsites ($27–$32)
• Pioneer Campground ($35)
• 4 Picnic Shelters ($30)
• 2 Group Shelters (seats 80–135, $75–$150)
• Boat Ramp & Dock
• Nature Center
wireless connection Available in the park office

Things To Do & See:

• Saltwater Fishing
• Kayak & Boat Rental
• Park Paddlers Club
• Pontoon Boat Tours
Guided Kayak Trips
• Hiking — 4 miles of trails
• Birding — Colonial Coast Birding Trail; two bird blinds
• Miniature Golf (fee)
• Bike Rental
• Geocaching
• Playgrounds
Weddings — park approval required

Nearby Attractions:

• Cumberland Island National Seashore
• Fernandina Beach
Florida State Parks
Golden Isles of Georgia
Hofwyl Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
• Jekyll Island
Laura S. Walker State Park
Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
• Submarine Museum
The Lakes Golf Course at Laura S. Walker

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Events
Interpretive Boat Cruise
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Friday, Dec 30, 2016 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Enjoy a boat cruise on Crooked River with a park ranger. Learn about birds, dolphin, and marine creatures that inhabit this unique and important ecosystem. Limited space, pre-registration required by 8:00 PM the day prior to cruise. Call the park office to register.  $30 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Wildlife of Our World
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 2 PM to 3 PM
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 1 PM to 2 PM
Wednesday, Dec 28, 2016 1 PM to 2 PM
Meet and greet the animals who make south Georgia their home. Learn about some of their habits and behaviors to better understand why they are important to our world.  $1 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Sunset Boat Cruise
Friday, Dec 16, 2016 4:30 PM to 6 PM
Friday, Dec 23, 2016 4:30 PM to 6 PM
Thursday, Dec 29, 2016 4:30 PM to 6 PM
Enjoy a boat cruise on Crooked River while watching the sunset over the river. Limited space, pre-registration required by 8:00 PM the day prior to the cruise. Please call the Park Office to register.  $30 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Local History Boat Cruise
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 2 PM to 5 PM
Tuesday, Dec 27, 2016 9 AM to 12 PM
Enjoy a boat cruise along the Crooked and St Marys River systems. Learn local history and unique historical sites along Camden County's water ways. Limited space, pre-registration required by 8:00 PM on the day prior to the cruise. Call the Park Office to register.  $40.00/person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Christmas at the Park
Saturday, Dec 17, 2016 3 PM to 6 PM
Come to the new group shelter for our grand ribbon cutting. After the cutting, enjoy cookies and hot chocolate with Santa and hayrides around the park. All ages are welcome to join in the holiday fun. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Magnificent Marsh Kayak Trip
Tuesday, Dec 27, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Thursday, Dec 29, 2016 2:15 PM to 5:15 PM
What better way is there to experience the marshes around Crooked River than to kayak? This low-tide, four-mile loop paddle is great for beginners. You'll even have a chance to stretch your legs as you explore sandbars and enjoy the scenery. Reservations are required by 8:00 PM the day prior to the paddle.  $35 Single; $45 Tandem. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Nature and Birding Hike
Wednesday, Dec 28, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
Meet at the Sempervirens Trailhead for a ranger led hike to learn about the coastal environment. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Beach Combing Cruise
Wednesday, Dec 28, 2016 1 PM to 4 PM
Enjoy a boat cruise to one of the pristine beaches in the area with a park ranger. Learn about birds and marine creatures that inhabit this unique and important ecosystem. Please be prepared to get your feet wet. Limited space, registration required by 8:00 PM the day before the cruise.  $40 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Stupendous Snakes
Friday, Dec 30, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
Meet the snakes that make the Nature Center their home then enjoy a fun craft.  $1 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Handicapped Accessible
Sunset Boat Cruise (Adults Only)
Saturday, Dec 31, 2016 4:30 PM to 6 PM
Enjoy a boat cruise on Crooked River while watching the sunset over the river! Pre-registration required by noon on Friday, December 5th. Please call the Park Office to register (912-882-5256). Must be 18 years or older.  $30.00 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
First Day Hike at Crooked River
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 1 PM to 3 PM
Greet the New Year with a "First Day" hike. Vistas include wetland habitats plus our unique longleaf pine/saw palmetto ecosystem. Enjoy the great outdoors, camaraderie on the trail, and party hats. Please pay at the Park Office.  $2 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Nature Nuts Camp
Monday, Jan 2, 2017 8 AM to 4 PM
Tuesday, Jan 3, 2017 8 AM to 4 PM
This camp is for all the nature nuts out there that are interested in learning more about everything found at Crooked River. We will hike and explore in the park and learn about everything we find. Limited space, pre-registration required. K - 8th grade.  $40.00 per student $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Predators Nature Camp
Monday, Jan 16, 2017 8 AM to 4 PM
School's out and parents are invited to send their K - 8th graders to nature camp. Children will explore the different food chains found on the park. We will learn about the top predators and what adaptations help them to survive. Bring snacks, sack lunch, and drinks. Limited space, pre-registration required.  $10.00 per student for half day or $25.00 for full day. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Eco-Discovery Nature Camp
Monday, Feb 20, 2017 8 AM to 4 PM
This camp is for all the nature nuts out there that are interested in learning more about the ecosystems that are found at Crooked River. We will hike and explore in the different habitats found on the park and learn how they are different. Bring snacks, sack lunch, and drinks. Limited space, pre-registration required. K - 8th grade.  $10.00 per student for half day or $25.00 for full day. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Astronomy Nature Camp
Friday, Mar 3, 2017 8 AM to 4 PM
We will explore the solar system and beyond. On Saturday, March 4th, Crooked River will host an evening Astronomy program so students can return with parents to view the night sky with telescopes. Bring snacks, sack lunch, and drinks. Limited space, pre-registration required. K - 8th grade  $10.00 per student for half day or $25.00 for full day $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
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Address/Directions
Crooked River State Park
6222 Charlie Smith Senior Highway
St. Marys, GA 31558
Camden County


GPS Coordinates:

N 30.8422056 | W -81.5524702
Located 7 miles north of St. Marys on Georgia Spur 40 or 8 miles east of I-95 exit 3.


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Crooked River State Park
6222 Charlie Smith Senior Highway
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Crooked River State Park