George L. Smith State Park

NOTICE: A new park office for George L. Smith is currently under construction. Visitor registration, park business, and boat rentals will be handled from the temporary office trailer located across the road from the construction site near the Group Shelter.
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"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.

Directions

GPS Coordinates:

N 32.5585600 | W -82.1193700
Located between Metter and Twin City off Highway 23. Take I-16 exit #104.


Address
371 George L. Smith State Park Road
Twin City, GA 30471
Emanuel County
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Phone
478-763-2759

Full Moon Paddle
Friday, Sep 16, 2016 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Friday, Oct 14, 2016 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 5:30 PM to 7 PM
Presenter/Location: George L. Smith State Park
Join us for a moonlight canoe and kayak paddle under the stars. Pre-register through the office any day prior to the event between 8 AM and 5 PM. Check-in will be from 5:00 PM until 5:30 PM. We will launch at 5:35 PM.  $15 per person includes equipment, $8 per person if you bring your own. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
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George L. Smith Volunteer Day - Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 9 AM to 1 PM
Presenter/Location: George L. Smith State Park
Come out and pitch in as we observe Your State Parks Day by doing beautification work projects throughout the park. T-shirts, water bottles, and other give-away items will be offered throughout the morning. 478-763-2759.
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