Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites
George L. Smith State Park

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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.
 
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Directions

GPS Coordinates:
N 32.5585600 | W -82.1193700

Located between Metter and Twin City off Ga. Hwy. 23. Take I-16 exit #104.

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

Full Moon Paddle
Friday, Apr 3, 2015 7:30 PM to 9 PM
Friday, May 1, 2015 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaTons of FunPresenter/Location: George L. Smith State Park
Join us for a moonlight canoe and kayak paddle under the stars. Register through the office any day prior to the event between 8 AM and 5 PM. Check-in will be from 7:15 - 8:00 PM on the night of the paddle. We will be on the water by 8:05 PM.  $15 includes equipment, $8 if you bring your own. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
Handicapped Accessible Kiss My Grits!
Saturday, Apr 11, 2015 10 AM to 12 PM
Presenter/Location: George L. Smith State Park
Come join us as we grind grits at our water powered gristmill just as it was done in the late 1800s. Grits will be available for $4 per 2 lb. bag. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
3 Mile Nature Hike
Saturday, Jun 6, 2015 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Get Outdoors GeorgiaPresenter/Location: George L. Smith State Park
Come join us for a Ranger led hike of our 3 mile nature trail. This will be an excellent chance to spot Georgia's state reptile the Gopher Tortoise. Wear comfortable shoes, bring water, snacks, and insect repellent. Dogs are welcome on 6' or shorter leashes. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
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