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Go: Crooked River State Park

Crooked River State Park is meant for taking in the sites, sounds and wildlife of Georgia’s coast. The intracoastal waterway and maritime forest are on display here, and hikers on the park’s trail through the forest may see gopher tortoises, fiddler crabs, herons and more birds.

photo by Jackie DeBusk

photo by Jackie DeBusk

The park’s nature center shows off more wildlife – fish, snakes, turtles and other coastal creatures – and visitors can also venture nearby ruins of a tabby mill, built around 1825 and then used during the Civil War as a starch factory.

The park’s boat ramp is a popular spot of fishermen, and the park is nearby the ferry to Cumberland Island National Seashore, which is known for its pristine beaches and wild horses.

Southeast Georgia in St. Marys, close to the Florida border


  • Get on the water, whether fishing, boating or kayaking. Guided trips are available.
  • Hiking on the park’s four miles of trails.
  • Birding is popular here; there are two bird blinds and the park is part of the Colonial Coast Birding Trail.
  • Miniature golf
  • Bicycle rental
  • Geocaching
  • Nature center

To learn more about Crooked River State Park and to make a reservation, visit

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Text originally posted on February 3, 2014.