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


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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.


   School Programs at Crooked River

   Crooked River State Park Business Plan


Park Hours: 7AM-10PM
Office Hours: 8AM-8PM
$5 parking. Annual passes available.
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ACCOMMODATIONS & FACILITIES:
    • 500 Acres
    • 11 Cottages ($135-$165) -- #10 and #11 are dog friendly ($45 per dog, max 2)
    • 62 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites ($25-$28)
    • Pioneer Campground ($35)
    • 5 Picnic Shelters ($40)
    • Group Shelter (seats 80, $145)
    • Boat Ramp and Dock
    • Nature Center


THINGS TO DO & SEE:
    Guided Fishing Trips
    • Saltwater Fishing
    • Boating and Kayaking – outfitter nearby, Park Paddlers Club
    • Guided kayak trips and fishing charters
    Hiking – 4 miles of trails
    • Birding - Colonial Coast Birding Trail, two bird blinds
    • Miniature Golf (fee)
    • Bike Rental
    GeoCaching
    • Playgrounds
    • Day Trip to Cumberland Island National Seashore
    Weddings (park approval required)
    Photo Contests






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Handicapped Accessible Nature Craft
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 10 AM to 11 AM
Make a craft using nature as your inspiration.  $1 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Wildlife of Our World
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 1 PM to 2 PM
Saturday, Sep 6, 2014 4 PM to 5 PM
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 2 PM to 3 PM
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Snakes, and turtles, oh my. Learn about the animals you could find on the park.  $1 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Roving Ranger
Saturday, Aug 30, 2014 3 PM to 4 PM
Friday, Sep 5, 2014 3 PM to 4 PM
A park ranger will be roving through the campground to answer questions and share some information about the park. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Story and Greet the Animal
Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 2 PM to 3 PM
Join a park ranger for a story and meet one of the animals that call the nature center its home. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Wet and Wild Nature Camp
Monday, Sep 1, 2014 8 AM to 12 PM
School's out and parents are invited to send their Pre-K - 8th graders to half-day nature camp. Children will explore aquatic habitats and discover the creatures that live in the waterways and surrounding habitats. Bring snacks and drinks.  $10 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Friends Meeting
Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014 6:30 PM
Please join the Friends of Crooked River group for the September meeting being held at the park’s group shelter. We are ramping up plans for upcoming projects and the Halloween event in October (never too soon to start planning). We need your input and enthusiasm!! $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Homeschool Wednesdays
Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014 9 AM to 11 AM
Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015 9 AM to 11 AM
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Get Outdoors GeorgiaJoin us on the first Wednesday of the month. Each month we will focus, discover, and enjoy a different nature related topic with hands on activities. Pre-registration required.  $2 per student $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Sunset Boat Cruise
Friday, Sep 12, 2014 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Enjoy a boat cruise while watching the sunset on Crooked River. Pre-registration required.  $30 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Boat Cruise on Crooked River
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Learn about birds, dolphin and marine creatures that inhabit this unique and important ecosystem. Limited space, pre-registration required.  $30 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Handicapped Accessible Craft Time
Saturday, Sep 13, 2014 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Join a park ranger for a fun craft for your furry friends! T-shirt dog toys. Please bring an old shirt if you have one!  $1.00 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Campfire Fun
Friday, Sep 19, 2014 6 PM to 7 PM
Friday, Sep 26, 2014 6 PM to 7 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaCome join a park ranger around a campfire for some stories. Don’t forget to bring s’mores supplies and roasting sticks. Meet at the Campfire Ring in the Campground. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Sensory Awareness Night Hike
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014 6 PM to 7 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaAttend this evening hike to learn more about your five senses. Please pay at the Park Office.  $1 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Sunset Marsh Kayak Trip
Friday, Sep 26, 2014 4 PM to 7 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunThis three-hour low tide paddle is through the salt marshes around Crooked River. Paddlers will watch for birds, dolphin and other wildlife while learning about the wonders of the marsh. Limited space, registration required.  $25-$35 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Nature Center Clean Up - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 10 AM to 12 PM
Nature Center cleanup. Cleaning up around the outside of the nature center as well as cleaning inside and organizing along with special projects. Please wear clothing that can get dirty and be prepared to spend time outside – water, hat, sunscreen, and bug spray are recommended! Call the Park Office for more information! 912-882-5256.
River Clean Up -- Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 5 PM to 6 PM
Join our river cleanup with Rivers Alive and the Cooperative Extension Office. We will clean along the water way and remove trash from fishing areas. Please wear clothing that can get dirty. Bring water, a hat, sunscreen and bug spray. 912-882-5256.
Handicapped Accessible Composting Basics
Friday, Oct 10, 2014 7 PM to 8 PM
Learn what can and can’t be composted, different composting techniques and strategies, how to avoid stinky compost, and make your own edible compost to take with you as a snack! Come learn how simple, convenient, and beneficial composting can be. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Damsels & Dragons Nature Camp
Monday, Oct 13, 2014 8 AM to 5 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaSchool's out and parents are invited to send their Pre-K - 8th graders to nature camp. Children will learn about dragonflies, damselflies, and other insects that call Crooked River their home. Bring snacks and drinks. Limited space, pre-registration required.  $10.00 per student for half day, $15 per student for full day $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Creepy Crooked River
Friday, Oct 24, 2014 7:30 PM to 10 PM
Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 5 PM to 10 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaFrom 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM come to the creepy nature center and learn about natures crazy animals. Then 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM go for a haunted hayride through the Crooked River Insane Asylum…..if you dare (parental discretion advised). On Friday, we will have hayrides only. Food and Beverages available for purchase.  $3 per person $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Herp, Herp, Hurray Nature Camp
Monday, Nov 10, 2014 until Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014 9 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaSchool's out and parents are invited to send their Pre-K - 8th graders to two full days of nature camp. Participants will meet all the reptiles that live in the Nature Center and get a chance to learn what characteristics make them reptiles. Bring snacks and drinks. Limited space, pre-register required.  $20.00 per student $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Handicapped Accessible Simple Gardening Techniques
Friday, Nov 14, 2014 7 PM to 8 PM
Join us to learn simple, creative, and inexpensive techniques that are fun for kids of all ages and can be accomplished even in the smallest of outdoor spaces. All participants will leave with a packet of starter seeds! Meet at the Nature Center. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Christmas at the Nature Center
Saturday, Dec 13, 2014 3 PM to 6 PM
Need some help getting into the holiday spirit? Come to the Nature Center for holiday crafts, hayrides, and a campfire. All ages are welcome to join in the holiday fun. Pay at park office.  $2 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Koastal Georgia Kayak Family Kamp
Friday, Jan 2, 2015 until Tuesday, Jan 6, 2015 11:30 AM to 5 PM
Participants will have the opportunity to kayak at several locations including some fresh and salt water adventures. Even if you have a small family (you and a spouse) enjoy the fun filled weekend with interpretation and opportunities to experience the coast of Georgia. Limited space, registration required.  $649.00 per adult $549.00 per child (12 and under) 912-882-5256.
Frozen Nature Camp
Monday, Jan 5, 2015 until Tuesday, Jan 6, 2015 9 AM to 4 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaSchool's out and parents are invited to send their Pre-K - 8th graders to two full days of nature camp. Children will learn about how animals prepare for the winter! We will also have some fun winter activities which will include a southern snowball fight! Bring snacks and drinks. Limited space, pre-register required.  $20.00 per student $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Animal Tracks Nature Camp
Monday, Jan 19, 2015 8 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaSchool's out and parents are invited to send their Pre-K - 8th graders to half-day nature camp. Children will decipher secrets of the animal kingdom and learn to imitate adaptations for survival. They will embark on a journey of discovery and sharpen their observation skills. Bring snacks and drinks. Limited space, pre-register required.  $10.00 per student $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Forest Fantasy Nature Camp
Monday, Feb 16, 2015 8 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaSchool's out and parents are invited to send their Pre-K - 8th graders to half-day nature camp. Children will discover the myths and legends of magic in the forest. Let their imagination soar as we build fairy houses, play magical games, and create mystical crafts. Bring snacks and drinks. Limited space, pre-register required.  $10.00 per student $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Insects & Invertebrates Nature Camp
Friday, Mar 6, 2015 8 AM to 12 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaSchool's out and parents are invited to send their Pre-K - 8th graders to half-day nature camp. Children will learn about all the creepy crawlies that call Crooked River their home! Students will participate in an insect safari and learn about insect adaptations like camouflage. Bring snacks and drinks. Limited space, pre-register required.  $10.00 per student $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Address/Directions
Crooked River State Park
6222 Charlie Smith Sr. Highway
St. Marys, GA 31558
Camden County


GPS Coordinates:
N 30.8422056 | W -81.5524702

Located 7 miles north of St. Marys on Ga. Spur 40 or 8 miles east of I-95 exit 3.

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Crooked River State Park
6222 Charlie Smith Sr. Highway
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Crooked River State Park


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