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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  • Miniature Golf Course

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  • Campground

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  • Park Interpretive Center

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  • Cottage

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Located on Georgia's Colonial Coast, this park offers cozy facilities in a beautiful setting. Campsites are surrounded by Spanish moss-draped oaks, while most cottages overlook the river. Hikers can explore the nature trail, which winds through maritime forest and salt marsh. A boat ramp is popular with anglers who often take to the water before sunrise. Visitors may venture to the nearby ruins of the tabby McIntosh Sugar Works mill, built around 1825 and later used as a starch factory during the Civil War. Nearby is the ferry to famous Cumberland Island National Seashore known for wild horses and mansion ruins.

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


  • Interpretive Boat Cruise

    Interpretive Boat Cruise

    10/07/2015 - 10/14/2015

    Enjoy a boat cruise on Crooked River with a park ranger. Learn about birds, dolphin, and marine creatures that inhabit this unique and important ecosystem. Limited space, pre-registration required.


    Wednesday, October 7, 2015
    1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, October 14, 2015
    5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

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  • Beach Combing Cruise

    Beach Combing Cruise

    10/09/2015 - 10/09/2015

    Enjoy a boat cruise to one of the pristine beaches 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, pre-registration required.

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  • Magnificent Marsh Kayak Trip

    Magnificent Marsh Kayak Trip

    10/10/2015 - 10/10/2015

    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. Please call the Park Office to register.

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  • Dolphin Cruise

    Dolphin Cruise

    10/11/2015 - 10/11/2015

    Enjoy a boat cruise of the Atlantic to watch dolphins with a park ranger. We will also see birds and marine creatures that inhabit this unique and important ecosystem. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required.

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  • Volunteer Opportunity - Decorate for Creepy Crooked River!

    Volunteer Opportunity - Decorate for Creepy Crooked River!

    10/18/2015 - 10/18/2015

    Meet us at the Nature Center to help decorate for Creepy Crooked River!

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  • Creepy Crooked River

    Creepy Crooked River

    10/24/2015 - 10/24/2015

    We will have games and activities for the entire family! Come to the creepy Nature Center and learn about nature's carnivorous animals. Then, go for a hayride through the park at night....if you dare.

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  • Herp, Herp, Hurray Nature Camp

    Herp, Herp, Hurray Nature Camp

    01/04/2016 - 01/05/2016

    School's out and parents are invited to send their K - 8th graders to two full days of nature camp. Participants will meet all the reptiles that live in the Nature Center and get a chance to learn what characteristics make them reptiles. Bring snacks and drinks. Limited space, pre-register required.

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  • Koastal Georgia Kayak Family Kamp

    Koastal Georgia Kayak Family Kamp

    06/02/2016 - 06/05/2016

    Join park rangers on this family-friendly paddle through the Okefenokee Swamp, along Crooked River and on Sapelo Island's Lighthouse Creek. You'll explore freshwater swamps, salt marsh and brackish rivers. Kayak gear, professional guides, campsites and meals included.

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