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.
$5 parking. Annual passes available.
Reservation Season: March 1–November 30 From December 1–February 28, the office & campground are closed due to seasonal hours. Log cabin bunkhouses, picnic shelters, equestrian campsites & horse stables remain open on a first-come, first-served basis.
7 a.m.–10 p.m.
8 a.m.–5 p.m. (seasonal)
Accommodations & Facilities:
• 1,118 Acres
• Covered Bridge — 9-foot clearance
• 20 Campsites ($26–$30) — seasonal
• 11 Horse Campground Campsites ($26–$30)
• 22 Horse Stables ($15)
• 3 Log Cabin Bunkhouses (sleeps 8, $85)
• Group Shelter (seats 80, $75–$125) — seasonal
• 3 Picnic Shelters ($35)
• 3 Pioneer Campsites ($35) — seasonal
Things To Do & See:
• Hiking — 7 miles of trails
• Biking — 5 miles of trails
• Muddy Spokes Club
• Kayak, Canoe & Pedal Boat Rental — seasonal
• Horseback Riding (trail fee, annual pass available) — 14 miles of trails; rules of stables & equestrian trails
• Fishing — catfish, bass, bream
• Weddings — park approval required
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