Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites

The Friends of Watson Mill Bridge build a log cabin bunkhouse.

To fill the cracks between the logs, cement mortar was used to simulate the mud that would have been packed between the cracks during the old days. For these modern times, nails were driven into the logs to hold the cement mortar in place. All of the volunteers were treated to hamburgers, hotdogs, tofu-dogs, deserts, and cold drinks. On this day, 25% of the total chinking, or half of the outside, was completed.







The Friends of Watson Mill Bridge State Park is a 501(c)3 organization with a stated purpose to assist through advocacy, fundraising and volunteerism. This organization is committed to any activities that enhance the content, quality, and services at Watson Mill Bridge State Park and in making Watson Mill Bridge State Park the premier state park in Georgia. The organization was established in February, 2001.

Those interested in becoming a member of this organization may contact any member or call the park office at 706-783-5349.

The organization has been very active from its beginning. There have already been several volunteer work days involving work on the new equestrian camping area and a new horse trail, preparations for the construction of a log cabin, a log cabin workshop for the general public, a grant proposal for the upgrading of an existing facility on the park, and a committee has begun the preparation of an up to date master plan for the park. The volunteer work days have involved many people of all ages. Along with seeing the progress of the projects, is the good fellowship and tasty picnic lunches provided by the organization. As one person said when leaving, "Let me know when there's another work day - this was fun!"

Who says it's better to give than to receive?
Besides the personal satisfaction of helping Georgia state parks, members of the Friends also receive a lot! The $35.00 cost for a membership or any donations are tax deductible. The tangible benefits of membership in the Friends of Watson Mill Bridge State Park include:

  • One Annual Park Pass, which allows for unlimited parking at all 48 state parks ($30 value).
  • Free admission for the member at all 15 state historic sites (up to $5 value for each use).
  • One free 18-hole Golf Pass at any of the seven state park golf courses ($18-$30 value, cart not included) or one free night of camping at any Georgia state park campground (Sunday night through Thursday night only).
  • 10% discount at any of the four Friends-operated gift shops, located at Amicalola Falls State Park, F.D. Roosevelt State Park, Little White House State Historic Site, and Tallulah Gorge State Park.
  • Quarterly newsletter with "insider" information and tips on upcoming events, park profiles, volunteer opportunities, and more. Local Friends events and activities at the park.

Now there are even more options and benefits available on friends memberships - Call (706)783-3336.

Corporate sponsorship and group memberships are also available to those interested in lending support. Packages are customized based on the individual needs of each group. Call (706)783-3336 for details on group memberships.

By joining the Friends of Watson Mill Bridge State Park, you are automatically a member of its parent organization, Friends of Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites.

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