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GO: George L. Smith State Park

For this state park feature we’ll make a quick stop at Twin City, GA in Emanuel County to visit George L. Smith State Park. This park boasts an impressive 1,634 acres with seven miles of hiking trails. George L. Smith’s famous Parrish Mill Pond is lined with beautiful cypress and tupelos trees draped with curtains of Spanish moss. This scenery is the perfect backdrop to a nice, relaxing day out on the pond. The calm water attracts kayakers, canoeists, fishers, and paddlers alike. While on the water, visitors can wade alongside beavers, blue herons, white ibis, and all the other creatures that call the pond their home.

George L. Smith State Park is also perfect for a camping getaway. The park hosts a limited number of primitive camping sites for campers who really want to rough it out in the woods. These camping sites lack modern amenities so that camp-goers can really get in touch with nature. I don’t know about you, but a day or two without a ringing phone or buzzing email sounds like paradise to me! So head on down to Georgia L. Smith State Park for some well-deserved peace and relaxation.

Things to Do:

  • Fishing
  • Boat Rental
  • Boating
  • Kayak, Canoe, Stand-Up Paddleboard, Aquacycle rental
  • Walking and Biking
  • Geocaching
  • Playgrounds
  • Birding

Also! George L. Smith State Park is taking part in the Georgia Hidden Gem state park series. Save the date for June 4th and be a part of a guided nature hike in honor of National Trails Day from 10pm to 12pm. This is a great opportunity to log activity on the Walk Georgia website, where we are dedicated to helping Georgians move more and live more!

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— Jay Morris, Walk Georgia Team Intern