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WATSON MILL BRIDGE STATE PARK, GA

Photo: WATSON MILL BRIDGE STATE PARK
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Mon May 18 2015   Later Dates
 

Description

Beginning May 1, 2012, Watson Mill Bridge returned to State Park status and the office is open. Reservations for camping and picnic shelters can be made by calling 1-800-864-7275. However, from December - February annually, the office, campground, pioneer sites and group shelter will be closed. The park will be open during this time, but equestrian camping, horse stalls, and the Bunkhouses will be open on a first-come-first-served basis.

One of the most picturesque state parks in Georgia, Watson Mill Bridge contains the longest covered bridge in the state, spanning 229 feet across the South Fork River. Built in 1885 by Washington (W.W.) King, son of freed slave and famous covered-bridge builder Horace King, the bridge is supported by a town lattice truss system held firmly together with wooden pins. At one time, Georgia had more than 200 covered bridges; today, less than 20 remain.

The park is an ideal spot for an afternoon picnic or overnight stay in the quiet campground. Hiking, biking and horseback riding trails allow visitors to enjoy the thick forest and river. During summer, visitors often play in the cool river shoals just below the bridge. Watson Mill Bridge has become a popular destination for horse owners who have their own camping area near stalls.

Recreation:

Hiking – 7 miles of trails
Bicycling – 5 miles of trails, Muddy Spokes Club
Horseback Riding (trail fee, annual pass available) – 14 miles of trails, camping area, stalls, no horse rental.
NOTICE: Horse trails open at 8 a.m. A current negative coggins test for each horse must be in the rider's possession.
- Rules of Stable & Equestrian Trail Use
- Rules of Etiquette
GeoCaching
Fishing – catfish, bass and bream
Playground
Photography
Picnicking
Weddings (park approval required)

Facilities:

1,118 Acres
Covered Bridge
20 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites ($26-$29)
11 Horse Campground Campsites ($26-$29)
22 Horse Stables ($12)
3 Log Cabin Bunkhouses (sleep 8, $75)
Group Shelter (seats 100, $110)
3 Picnic Shelters ($45)
3 Pioneer Campsites ($35)

Nearby Attractions:

Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course at Richard B. Russell
Athens, Georgia
Bobby Brown State Outdoor Recreation Area
Georgia's Classic South
Highland Walk Golf Course at Victoria Bryant
Richard B. Russell State Park
Robert Toombs House State Historic Site
Victoria Bryant State Park
University of Georgia

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Air Conditioning
  • Canoe Rental
  • Canoe Rentals
  • Canoeing
  • Comfort Station
  • Dump Station
  • Electric Hook-Ups
  • Fishing
  • Grill
  • Heat
  • Hiking
  • Hiking/Biking Trails
  • Horse Stables
  • Horse Trails
  • Horseback Riding
  • Host Site
  • Kitchen/Food Prep Area
  • Parking
  • Pedal Boats
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Tables
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Water Hook-Ups
Alerts and Important Information
Parkpass is required for all vehicles.
ParkPass fees: 1-12 passenger vehicles $5 per day or $50 annual ParkPass;
13 - 30 passenger vehicles $30 per day or $75 annual ParkPass;
31 or more passenger vehicles $70 per day or $250 annual ParkPass;
Georgia active duty military/veterans $3.75 per day or $37.50 annual ParkPass.

ParkPass is available at the park office or by calling (770) 389-7401.
Overnight guests pay only one fee for the duration of their stay.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.02778, -83.07278
34°1'40"N, 83°4'22"W

From South Atlanta: I-20 East, exit GA Hwy 138 at Conyers to GA Hwy 78 at Monroe to GA Hwy 29 at Athens and then GA Hwy 72E to Comer, park is 6 miles from Comer. Follow signs from North Atlanta: I-85 North to 316E to 29 at Athens and the GA Hwy 72E to Comer; park is 6 miles from Comer, follow signs. Park is located 20 miles East of Athens.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

WATSON MILL BRIDGE STATE PARK
650 WATSON MILL ROAD
COMER GA 30629

Phone Number:

Information: (706)783-5349