The Coast / St. Marys

Crooked River State Park

6222 Charlie Smith Sr. Hwy.
St. Marys, GA 31558

912-882-5256 | 800-864-7275
  • View from the River Trail.

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  • Campground

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  • Park Interpretive Center

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  • Cottage

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  • Birdwatching Platform

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  • Miniature Golf Course

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Located on southern tip of Georgia's Colonial Coast, this park is the perfect spot for enjoying the intracoastal waterway and maritime forest.  Campsites are surrounded by palmettos and Spanish moss-draped oaks, while cottages are set near the tidal river. A boat ramp is popular with anglers who often take to the water before sunrise. Just down the road is the ferry to famous Cumberland Island National Seashore known for secluded beaches and wild horses. 
The park's nature trail winds through forest and salt marsh, and hikers may see gopher tortoises, fiddler crabs, herons and other birds.  A nature center features fish, snakes, turtles and other animals native to coastal Georgia. Visitors may venture to the nearby ruins of a tabby mill, built around 1825 and later used as a starch factory during the Civil War.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Monday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Tuesday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Wednesday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Thursday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Friday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Saturday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Daily ParkPass $5.00


    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    Boat Launch, Gift Shop, Lodging On Site, Picnic Area, Picnic Shelter, Public Restrooms

    General Information


    Group Amenities


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages


  • Coastal Kids Nature Camp

    Coastal Kids Nature Camp

    03/28/2017 - 03/30/2017

    Ages 10-13 will visit Crooked River, Laura S. Walker and Fort King George during this three-day camp (transportation between parks provided). Take a boat cruise to look for dolphin, birds and alligators, take a beach walk to find shells, try out paddleboards and kayaks, tour a historic fort, and enjoy swimming. Register in advance.

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  • Beach Combing Cruise

    Beach Combing Cruise

    04/01/2017 - 04/01/2017

    Enjoy a boat cruise to a pristine beach in the area with a park ranger. Learn about birds and marine creatures that inhabit this unique and important ecosystem. Please be prepared to get your feet wet. There is limited space. Registration is required by 8 p.m. the day before the cruise.

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  • Magnificent Marsh Kayak Trip

    Magnificent Marsh Kayak Trip

    04/08/2017 - 04/08/2017

    What better way is there to experience the marshes around Crooked River than to kayak? This low-tide, four-mile loop paddle is great for beginners. You'll even have a chance to stretch your legs as you explore sandbars and enjoy the scenery. Reservations are required by 8 p.m. on April 7.

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  • Flashlight Egg Hunt

    Flashlight Egg Hunt

    04/14/2017 - 04/14/2017

    Bring your family, friends, flashlights and baskets. Limited participation; early wristband purchase available.

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  • Twilight Egg Hunt - Ages 0-5 years

    Twilight Egg Hunt - Ages 0-5 years

    04/14/2017 - 04/14/2017

    Bring your kids ages 0 to 5, flashlights and baskets to Crooked River's Egg Hunt in the dark.

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  • Rookery Trip

    Rookery Trip

    04/29/2017 - 04/29/2017

    Join a park ranger on a field trip to springtime breeding grounds for hundreds of birds, such as wood storks, herons, egrets, shorebirds, ibis, stilts, and roseate spoonbills. Binoculars available. Register in advance.

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