George L. Smith State Park

George L. Smith State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 478-763-2759

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› The park office stops renting boats at 4 p.m. unless you are staying overnight.
"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 — #1 & #4 are dog friendly ($50/dog, max 2)
• 24 Campsites
• 4 Primitive Campsites ($8/person) — reserve through park office
• 412-Acre Lake
• Historic Covered Bridge & Mill
• 4 Picnic Shelters
• Group Shelter (seats 94)
• Pioneer Campground
wireless connection Available in the park office

Things To Do & See:

• Fishing
• Boat Rental
• Boating — 10 HP limit
• Kayak, Canoe & Aquacycle Rentals
• Park Paddlers Club
• Walking & Biking — 7 miles of trails
• Geocaching
• 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

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  • 24 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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Moonlight Lake Paddle
Friday, Sep 1, 2017 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Come out and join us for a lake paddle under the moonlight.  $17.00 per person if you rent our equipment, $10.00 per person if you bring your own. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
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Your State Parks Day: George L. Smith Clean-up Day
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 9 AM to 1 PM
Come out and assist park staff with park clean up and beautification projects including trail clearing, litter pick up and landscaping. Wear comfortable shoes and work gloves. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
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Full Moon Paddle
Friday, Oct 6, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Friday, Nov 3, 2017 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Join us for a moonlight canoe and kayak paddle under the light of the full moon.  $17 per person includes equipment, $10 per person if you bring your own. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
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Friends of George L Smith State Park Fall Festival
Saturday, Oct 28, 2017 3 PM to 6 PM
Kids 5th grade and younger come out in your scariest Halloween costumes and enjoy carnival games and prizes, bouncy house, balloon art, face painting, popcorn and snacks.  10 tickets for $5. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
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Annual Sugar Cane Festival
Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 9 AM to 3 PM
Enjoy a fun day in the park with fresh cane syrup, fresh ground corn meal, and a wide variety of food and crafts vendors.  $1 plus $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.

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

George L. Smith State Park