Twin City, GA
June 2007 – I just hadn’t had my fill of Georgia State Parks yet, so when I was leaving Savannah, I stopped to check out George L. Smith State Park. 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!
Info Sign: The lake is filled with moss-draped cypress trees. The tree is called “bald” because, though a conifer, it sheds its leaves in the fall. The trees release tannic acid that is not harmful to humans, the habitat or any of the fish populations. This causes the water to be dark, known as “Black Water.” During the winter months, the water clears to a deep green color.
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.
Info Sign: The mill houses a series of individual floodgates and when working together, they operate as a functioning dam. Built in 1880, the structure is primitive yet efficient and reliable. To this day, gates are opened and closed individually as rising water warrants.
I always enjoyed this spot looking downstream from the mill and the patterns made in the flowing water.
But there are many soothing spots to sit or walk around to enjoy the beautiful sights all around this park.
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)!
Site #18 – the most popular site in the CG, a pull through right on the water and set back deep from the road. All sites are really large and can accommodate big rigs. The seven pull-through sites have 50 amp service; all the rest have 30.
Here I am on the right 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 wife said she likes the peaceful feeling she gets just gazing out at the water.
Site 22 – 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.
Site 25 is an example of an interior site on the other side of the road.
I appreciated the many opportunities they give for getting up close and personal to the cypress trees and the water here.
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!
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 Reservations for more info online or call (800) 864-7275.
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