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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.
 
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Park Hours: 7AM-10PM
Office Hours: 8AM-8PM Sunday-Thursday and 8AM-10PM Friday-Saturday.
$5 parking. Annual passes available.
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ACCOMMODATIONS & FACILITIES:
    • 500 Acres
    • North Star Bait & Tackle Shop
    • 11 Cottages ($160-$185) -- #1, 4, 10 and 11 are dog friendly ($45 per dog, max 2)
    • 62 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites ($27-$32)
    • Pioneer Campground ($35)
    • 4 Picnic Shelters ($30)
    • Group Shelter (seats 80, $75 - $150)
    • Boat Ramp and Dock
    • Nature Center
    Available in the park office


THINGS TO DO & SEE:
• Saltwater Fishing
• Boating and Kayaking – outfitter nearby, rentals, Park Paddlers Club
• Guided kayak trips - Water Trail Map and Information
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)



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Events
Wildlife of Our World
Sunday, Feb 14, 2016 1 PM to 2 PM
Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 1 PM to 2 PM
Saturday, Feb 27, 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.
Animal Spotlight: Georgia Bats
Sunday, Feb 14, 2016 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Join a ranger for a twilight nature hike to learn about Crooked River’s nocturnal natural bug zappers. Learn about the biologic make-up and the adaptations that make these flying mammals special. Meet at the Nature Center. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Beach Babies Nature Camp
Monday, Feb 15, 2016 8 AM to 12 PM
School's out and parents are invited to send their K - 8th graders to nature camp. Children will learn about all the animals that use the local beaches for nesting! We will explore the beach habitat while learning about sea turtles and shore birds. Limited space, pre-registration required.  $10.00 per student for half day or $25.00 for full day $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Interpretive Boat Cruise
Tuesday, Feb 16, 2016 1 PM to 3:30 PM
Thursday, Feb 18, 2016 1 PM to 3:30 PM
Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 9 AM to 11 AM
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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.  $30 plus $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Friday Campfire
Friday, Feb 19, 2016 6 PM to 7 PM
The perfect way to end your week is to sit down in the company of fast friends, eat a s'more or two, and hear a few stories around our campfires. Meet at the Campfire Ring in the Campground. Free. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Animal Spotlight: Gopher Tortoise
Sunday, Feb 21, 2016 10 AM to 11 AM
Join a ranger to learn about Georgia’s state reptile and Crooked River State Park’s number one excavator, the Gopher Tortoise. You and the family will learn about the habitat, lifespan, biological make-up, and so much more about this keystone species. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Beginners Birding
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016 10 AM to 12 PM
Join a park ranger to learn about the winter birds! From 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM we will discuss the different birds you might see in Georgia. From 11:00 AM – Noon we will take a walk to see what we can discover $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Forest Fantasy Nature Camp
Friday, Mar 4, 2016 8 AM to 12 PM
School's out and parents are invited to send their K - 8th graders to 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 for half day or $25.00 for full day $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Hidden Gem Nature Hike
Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016 1 PM to 2:30 PM
Meet at the Sempervirens Trailhead to learn about all the hidden gems on the trail. The shell middens along the trail create a very unique ecosystem where you can find rare plants and fungus. Join a ranger to learn all about what can be found on this awesome trail. $5 parking. 912-882-5256.
Hidden Gem
Koastal Georgia Kayak Family Kamp
Thursday, Jun 2, 2016 until Sunday, Jun 5, 2016 12 PM
Join park rangers on this family-friendly paddle through the Okefenokee Swamp, along Crooked River and on Sapelo Island's Lighthouse Creek. You'll explore freshwater swamps, salt marsh and brackish rivers. Kayak gear, professional guides, campsites and meals included. Click event to view flyer and schedule.  $649 per adult, $549 per child (12 and under). Some meals included. $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
St. Marys, GA 31558 View Details


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Crooked River State Park


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