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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  • Birdwatching Platform

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  • Park Interpretive Center

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  • Cottage

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  • Miniature Golf Course

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  • Campground

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CURRENTLY CLOSED AFTER HURRICANE IRMA. CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES AND OPENINGS.

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

    Activities

    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

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

    General Information

    Family-friendly

    Group Amenities

    Group-friendly

    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages

Events

  • River Clean Up - Your State Parks Day

    River Clean Up - Your State Parks Day

    09/30/2017 - 09/30/2017

    Join our river cleanup with Rivers Alive and the Cooperative Extension Office. We will clean along the waterway and remove trash from fishing areas. Please wear clothing that can get dirty. Bring water, a hat, sunscreen and bug spray.

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  • Solar Astronomy

    Solar Astronomy

    09/30/2017 - 09/30/2017

    View and explore our closest star, the sun. Learn what the interior and surface of stars are like and what powers them. Look through specialized solar viewing scopes for safe viewing.

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  • Eco-Discovery Nature Camp

    Eco-Discovery Nature Camp

    10/09/2017 - 10/09/2017

    School's out and parents are invited to send their K - 8th graders to nature camp. We will hike and explore in the different habitats found on the park and learn how they are different. Limited space, and pre-registration required.

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  • Beach Combing Cruise

    Beach Combing Cruise

    10/14/2017 - 10/29/2017

    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. Limited space, registration required by 8 p.m. the day before the cruise.

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  • Forest Fantasy Nature Camp

    Forest Fantasy Nature Camp

    01/02/2018 - 01/03/2018

    School's out and parents are invited to send their K - 8th graders to nature camp. Children will discover the myths and legends of magic in the forest. Let their imagination soar as we build fairy houses, play magical games, and create mystical crafts. Bring snacks and drinks. Limited space, pre-register required.

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  • Bird Brains Nature Camp

    Bird Brains Nature Camp

    01/15/2018 - 01/15/2018

    School's out and parents are invited to send their K - 8th graders to nature camp. This camp is for all the bird brains out there that are interested in learning more about our feathered friends. We will explore the birds that call Crooked River their home and discover their habitats. Limited space, pre-registration required.

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  • Astronomy Nature Camp

    Astronomy Nature Camp

    03/30/2018 - 03/30/2018

    School's out and parents are invited to send their K - 8th graders to nature camp. Children will learn all about the night sky! We will explore the solar system and beyond. On Saturday, Crooked River will host an evening Astronomy program so students can return with parents to view the night sky with telescopes.

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