Crooked River State Park – November 2014

Location: St. Mary, Georgia

Webpage: Georgia State Park

General Description: Crooked River State Park is located on the southern tip of Georgia’s Colonial Coast.  Ecosystems include flatwood pine forests, maritime live oak forests, and tidal salt marshes.  With 4 miles of hiking trails and a Civil War era tabby mill used as a starch factory during the war are available.  The campgrounds are located in a dynamic longleaf pine forest with a choice of pull through or back in sites.  All sites have electric (mostly 50 amp) and water hookups (no sewer hookups).  The central sites in the campground have no undergrowth and are relatively close to each other.  Those on the periphery are spacious with heavy undergrowth creating a quiet and isolated experience.  There are two heated restrooms/showers in the campgrounds.  Other amenities in the park are a swimming pool, miniature golf course, and opportunities for fishing and boating.

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Impressions:

1) We were able to find a pull-through site on the periphery, so with the RV blocking the road and the heavy undergrowth we were completely isolated from all neighbors.  It is a beautiful state park with lots of vigorous longleaf pine trees overhead.  The only downside was no sewer hookups, but the atmosphere more than made up for it.  We would certainly stay here again.

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2) The restrooms are clean, although old.  The weather turned cold while we were there, so I can definitely confirm that the heating works well in the bathroom/showers.

3) The staff were friendly, although we did not have any interactions except for registering, until we discovered a problem with our RV.  They worked with us to extend our stay and gave us some contacts for possible repair shops.  The campgrounds were over half full even during the week and was only about 75% full over the weekend.  Since it was November, most of the campers were in RVs, although some were camping in tents.

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