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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  • Miniature Golf Course

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  • Campground

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  • Birdwatching Platform

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  • Park Interpretive Center

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  • Cottage

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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


  • Sunset Boat Cruise

    Sunset Boat Cruise

    03/23/2018 - 04/27/2018

    Enjoy a leisurely boat cruise along Crooked River while watching the sunset, taking breathtaking photographs, and viewing various coastal birds and marine life. Binoculars provided. Space limited. Pre-registration required by 6 p.m. on Thursday.

    Friday, March 23, 2018
    6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    Friday, April 6, 2018
    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Friday, April 13, 2018
    7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Friday, April 20, 2018
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  • Low-Tide Paddle

    Low-Tide Paddle

    03/24/2018 - 04/28/2018

    Join us on a three-hour kayak adventure through the salt marshes around Crooked River. Paddlers will watch for birds, dolphin and other wildlife while learning about the wonders of the marsh. We'll spend an hour exploring a sand bar before paddling the tide back in to our dock. Space limited. Preregistration required.

    Saturday, March 24, 2018
    8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    Saturday, April 14, 2018
    2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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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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  • Beach Combing on Cumberland Island

    Beach Combing on Cumberland Island

    03/31/2018 - 03/31/2018

    Enjoy a boat ride from Crooked River to Cumberland Island where you'll stroll the beach with a ranger, identifying shells and sea life. Get a chance to photograph the famous wild horses and see coastal birds. Binoculars provided. Bring your lunch for this enjoyable outing. Space limited. Preregistration required by 6 p.m. the day prior to cruise.

    Saturday, March 10, 2018
    9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Saturday, March 31, 2018
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  • EGG-cellent Egg Hunt

    EGG-cellent Egg Hunt

    03/31/2018 - 03/31/2018

    Hop around the park with us on this trail-based exercise enriched egg hunt where each egg has a fun activity stashed inside. Those who complete the hunt get a fun prize at the end of their journey.

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  • Coastal Kids Camp

    Coastal Kids Camp

    04/02/2018 - 04/04/2018

    Spend Spring Break with us outdoors in this activity packed park-hopping 3-day extravaganza of pure fun. Kids will be transported to a different park each day and our activities will include: fishing, hiking, boating, birding, kayaking, fun with forts, archery and more. Space Limited. Preregistration required.

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  • Adventure Camp

    Adventure Camp

    06/05/2018 - 06/21/2018

    Kids age 10-14 come out and enjoy three days of outdoor adventure. Activities include: kayaking, fishing, hiking, archery, environmental education and more. Space is limited to 12, reservations required.

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  • Three-Day Junior Ranger Camp

    Three-Day Junior Ranger Camp

    06/12/2018 - 07/12/2018

    Children will participate in activities that focus on the outdoors and work toward earning a Junior Ranger badge. Activities include outdoor skills, hiking, birding, and more. Space is limited and registration is required. Ages 6-10 years.

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