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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» Boat Rental Notice:
› The park office stops renting boats at 4 p.m. unless you are staying overnight.
"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

First Day 3 Mile Nature Hike
Sunday, Jan 1, 2017 10 AM to 11 AM
Presenter/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 observe birds and other wildlife native to the park. Wear comfortable shoes, bring water and snacks. Dogs are allowed on 6' or shorter leashes. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
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Friends of George L Smith State Park Fall Festival
Saturday, Oct 28, 2017 3 PM to 6 PM
Presenter/Location: George L. Smith State Park
Kids 5th grade and younger come out in your scariest Halloween costumes and enjoy carnival games and prizes, bouncy house, balloon art, face painting, popcorn and snacks.  10 tickets for $5. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
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