George L. Smith State Park

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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.


GPS Coordinates:

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

371 George L. Smith State Park Road
Twin City, GA 30471
Emanuel County



3 Mile Nature Hike - National Trails Day
Saturday, Jun 3, 2017 9 AM to 10:30 AM
Presenter/Location: George L. Smith State Park
Park staff will lead guests on a 3 mile hike down our nature trail. Guests may have a chance to see the Georgia State Reptile the elusive Gopher Tortoise. $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
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Full Moon Lake Paddle
Friday, Jun 9, 2017 8 PM to 9:30 PM
Presenter/Location: George L. Smith State Park
We will paddle more than a mile out under the stars and enjoy the moonlit beauty of the lake.  $17 per person if you rent our equipment, $10 per person if you bring your own. $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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Annual Sugar Cane Festival
Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 9 AM to 3 PM
Presenter/Location: George L. Smith State Park
Enjoy a fun day in the park with fresh cane syrup, fresh ground corn meal, and a wide variety of food and crafts vendors.  $1 plus $5 parking. 478-763-2759.
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