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George L. Smith State Park
371 George L. Smith State Park Road
Twin City, GA 30471
Phone: 478-763-2759
June, 2007

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I just hadn't had my fill of Georgia State Parks yet, so on my way from Savannah to Smoky Mountain National Park I stopped to check out George L. Smith. It was certainly not a disappointment and all I'd come to expect from the great state parks in Georgia.

I was told the cypress trees made for some beautiful scenery on this 412 acre lake and I was told right!
One of the most scenic places in the park is the Parrish Mill. In 1880, it was a combo grist mill, saw mill, covered bridge and dam. You can now walk through it on your way to one of the hiking trails. There's a nice 1/2 mile trail that leads you here from the campground.
The campground has a total of 25 campsites (and 1 host site with full hookups). There are no other full hookups, but one large and convenient dump station and one shower/ restroom area - with one coin operated washer and dryer (I LOVE that about Georgia State Parks)! See Site Map for details.
Site #18 - the most popular site in the CG, a pull through right on the water and set back deep from the road.
Here I am in site #20 - a real nice site on the water side, too. No Direcway satellite TV due to tree position, but Verizon cell phone and air card worked fine. My neighbors, the Wilsons in #21, told me this was their favorite state park in Georgia. Hubby said he likes the fishing and wifey said she likes the peaceful feeling she gets just gazing out at the water.
Most sites on this side have steps or a short path leading down to the water. You can put your boat in at the nearby ramp and tie it up to the tree next to your site. If you don't want to bring your own boat, you can rent one here. Even though all the sites on this side are close to the water, the lower numbered sites are not on as high ground, so are a bit closer.

From I-16, exit 104 onto SR-121 (SR-23); 13 miles to the park road and campground is about 1.5 miles from there.

Malia's 2 cents: I can't argue with comments I've seen that this is the way a campground should be and a model for others to try for. The sites are spacious and well spaced apart, the park and facilities are immaculate, the staff is friendly, and the scenery superb! The campground hosts, Charles & Gail Hollingsworth, were fantastic and said they return here year after year because it's a small park with a family feel, extremely clean and quiet. Can't argue with them either!

Note about reservations and sites: Specific sites cannot be assigned at the time the reservation is made. But if you call the park the week you are due to arrive, you can request a specific site. All sites are really large and can accommodate big rigs; the most popular site is #18, a pull through on the water. The seven pull-through sites have 50 amp service; all the rest have 30. Site Map

This is a really popular campground and a two night minimum is required for weekend reservations, with three nights being required for Memorial Day, Labor Day, Independence Day and Thanksgiving. See Reservation Policies for more info or call (800) 864-7275. Rates as of June, 2007: $20/night with a 20% discount given to those aged 62+. You are also charged a one-time $3.00 parking fee on top of the camping fee. (Note: no sales tax is charged on Georgia CG rates).

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