PUBLIC NOTICE: Office open and reservations accepted March - November. Office closed and Equestrian Sites (Log Cabin Bunkhouses, Equestrian Campsites and Horse Stalls) are first-come, first-served December - February.
One of the most picturesque state parks in Georgia, Watson Mill Bridge contains the longest covered bridge in the state, spanning 229 feet across the South Fork River. Built in 1885 by Washington (W.W.) King, son of freed slave and famous covered-bridge builder Horace King, the bridge is supported by a town lattice truss system held firmly together with wooden pins. At one time, Georgia had more than 200 covered bridges; today, less than 20 remain.
The park is an ideal spot for an afternoon picnic or overnight stay in the quiet campground. Hiking, biking and horseback riding trails allow visitors to enjoy the thick forest and river. During summer, visitors often play in the cool river shoals just below the bridge. Watson Mill Bridge has become a popular destination for horse owners who have their own camping area near stalls.
Watson Mill Bridge State Park Business Plan
Park Hours: 7AM-10PM
Office Hours: 8AM-5PM
SEASONAL HOURS: The Office, Group Shelter, Pioneer Camping and Regular Campground are closed Dec.-Feb. All other facilities are available on a first come first serve basis.
$5 parking. Annual passes available.
ACCOMMODATIONS & FACILITIES:
• 1,118 Acres
• Covered Bridge
• 20 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites ($25-$28)
• 11 Horse Campground Campsites ($25-$28)
• 22 Horse Stables ($11)
• 3 Log Cabin Bunkhouses (sleep 8, $65)
• Group Shelter (seats 100, $105) -- seasonal
• 3 Picnic Shelters ($40)
• 3 Pioneer Campsites ($33)
THINGS TO DO & SEE:
• Hiking – 7 miles of trails
• Bicycling – 5 miles of trails, Muddy Spokes Club
• Pedal Boat Rental (seasonal)
• Horseback Riding (trail fee, annual pass available) – 14 miles of trails, camping area, stalls, no horse rental.
NOTICE: Horse trails open at 8 a.m. A current negative coggins test for each horse must be in the rider's possession.
- Rules of Stable & Equestrian Trail Use
- Rules of Etiquette
• Fishing – catfish, bass and bream
• Weddings (park approval required)
• Height Restrictions on the park "9 FEET on covered bridge"
• Traditional campers please use Comer entrance on HWY 22
• Equestrian campers please use Carlton entrance on HWY 72
Watson Mill First Day Hike|
Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014 10 AM to 11 AM
|Join the park ranger for a hike and history lesson about Georgia's longest covered bridge. $5 parking. 706-245-6270.|