Watson Mill Bridge State Park, Comer, GA
650 Watson Mill Road
Comer, GA 30629
Reserve: (800) 864-7275
RATES: $23 - $30
CHECK IN/OUT:Check in at 1pm/Check out at 11am
ACCESS: Office 8 am-5 pm
Park: 7 am - 10 pm
MAPS: Yes at Trading Post
SITES: 21 Tent, Trailer, RV sites
Log Cabin Bunkhouse (sleeps 8)
Horse Stalls and 11 Equestrian Campsites
Pioneer Group Campground
PULL THRUS: Yes
PICNIC SHELTERS: Yes
SITE SURFACE: Gravel
HOOK-UPS: Water & 50 Amp
DUMP STATION: Yes
SHADE TREES: Yes
BOAT RAMP: No
FEATURES: Longest covered bridge in Georgia, Canoe and Pedal Boat rental, 12 miles of equestrian trails and 7 miles of hiking trails, 5 miles of mountain biking trails.
PET FRIENDLY: Yes
Robert Toombs House State Historic Site
University of GA, Athens
Watson Mill Bridge State Park was established in 1969 with 144 acres donated by the Bryan family, owner of Jefferson Textile Mills. Today the park has 1,118 acres and is one of only two parks in Georgia that operate an equestrian stay-use area.
The park was established as an effort to preserve an old covered bridge and surround natural area for future generations. The bridge spans 229 feet across the South Fork River and is the site for many artists and photographers in the state.
There is a nice day use park for picnicking and playing in the river shoals just below the bridge. It is also a popular destination for horse owners who have their own camping area near stalls.
The campsites are shady and most of the sites are pull-throughs and level. We camped here in June, 2013 and had a nice shady site facing the woods. Large 40 ft rigs might have a hard time with the curve in the pull-throughs. There is just one road that circles the camp sites and it would be a tight turn for a big rig. The bathrooms were clean and the grounds were well kept. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. There is great primitive camping and very secluded.
We give this park a 7 because we barely had a phone cell, no tv reception, the dump station is in the middle of the camp sites, and no rv sites on water. The equestrian camp site looked great but we don't have any basis to review that area.
We enjoyed biking and hiking on the trails throughout the park. The children in the park really seemed to enjoy wading in the river and sliding on the rocks. This is a quiet park and we had a great weekend.
We drove into Comer to visit their antique shops and Carlton to visit The Old Wood Warehouse full of unique old memorabilia.
DIRECTIONS FROM ATLANTA:
Take I-85 to exit 106, GA 316 East (21 miles from I-75, I-85 split).
Travel 316 East for 40 miles to the Athens loop to 29 and then Ga Hwy 72E to Comer. Park is 6 miles from Comer
Campers use entrance off Hwy 22 in Comer
Equestrian campers need to use the park entrance off Hwy 72 in Carlton.
NOTE: Covered bridge has a 9-foot maximum clearance.
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