Watson Mill Bridge State Park

Watson Mill Bridge State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 706-783-5349


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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.

$5 parking. Annual passes available.

Reservation Season: March 1–November 30

From December 1–February 28, the office & campground are closed due to seasonal hours. Log cabin bunkhouses, picnic shelters, equestrian campsites & horse stables remain open on a first-come, first-served basis.

Park Hours:

7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Office Hours:

8 a.m.–5 p.m. (seasonal)

Accommodations & Facilities:

• 1,118 Acres
• Covered Bridge — 9-foot clearance
• 20 Campsites — seasonal
• 11 Horse Campground Campsites
• 22 Horse Stables
• 3 Log Cabin Bunkhouses
• Group Shelter (seats 80) — seasonal
• 3 Picnic Shelters
• 3 Pioneer Campsites — seasonal

Things To Do & See:

• Hiking — 7 miles of trails
• Biking — 5 miles of trails
• Muddy Spokes Club
• Kayak, Canoe & Pedal Boat Rental — seasonal
• Horseback Riding (trail fee, annual pass available) — 14 miles of trails; rules of stables & equestrian trails
• Geocaching
• Fishing — catfish, bass, bream
• Playground
• Photography
• Picnicking
• Weddings — park approval required

Nearby Attractions:

Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course at Richard B. Russell
• Athens, Georgia
Georgia's Classic South
Highland Walk Golf Course at Victoria Bryant
Richard B. Russell State Park
Robert Toombs House Historic Site
Victoria Bryant State Park
• University of Georgia

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Full Moon Photography
Wednesday, Sep 6, 2017 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Bring your camera to capture photos of Georgia's longest covered bridge in moonlight. We'll also talk about the bridge's history. $5 parking. 706-783-5349.
Soak It In
Haunted Hayride
Friday, Oct 20, 2017 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Bring the kids for fun games and a spooky night in the park. Hayride starts at covered bridge and makes it way through the campground.  $5.00 per person for Hayride $5 parking. 706-783-5349.
Watson Mill Bridge State Park
650 Watson Mill Road
Comer, GA 30629
Madison County

GPS Coordinates:

N 34.025000 | W -083.074983
Located 3 miles south of Comer off Highway 22.
Covered bridge has 9-foot maximum clearance. Equestrian campers need to use the park entrance off Highway 72 in Carlton, while traditional campers may use the park entrance off Highway 22 in Comer.

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Watson Mill Bridge State Park
650 Watson Mill Road
Comer, GA 30629 View Details

Watson Mill Bridge State Park