General Coffee State Park

Location: Douglas, Georgia

Webpage: Georgia State Park

General Description: General Coffee State Park is named after General John E. Coffee, who as a General of the Georgia milita, cut a road through the state of Georgia to the Florida territories during the Creek Wars to carry munitions.  He was elected as a Jacksonian Democrat to the US Congress where he served from 1833 until his death in 1836.  The State Park consists of 1500 acres in the Georgia sandhill and celebrates the agricultural history of the region.  The main attraction is a heritage farm with log cabins, corn crib, tobacco barn, and cane mill on one side of two fishing ponds.  They maintain small herds of typical farm animals including sheep, chickens, goats, pigs, mules, and horses.  There are two RV campground loops with electric and water hookups consisting of 50 sites.  All of the RV campsites are pull throughs making access easy and convenient.  A 2 mile nature hiking trail is available along the 17 mile river from the campgrounds to the Heritage farm.

Brochure

Impressions:

1) The campgrounds are extremely sandy, which is to be expected in the sandhills and their design to make them all pull through sites is commendable.  There is plenty of room and trees between the sites, but no undergrowth to speak off.  With only 3-4 other units in the campgrounds while we were staying, there was plenty of room to spread out.

Campground

2)  The restrooms are clean, but a bit dated.  They have at least two campground hosts to maintain the campgrounds.

Restrooms

3) They are actively converting a large part of the park to a longleaf pine – wiregrass community.  This means the re-introduction of fire and the cutting of the scrub oaks and hickories.  At this time, this area looks devastated like after a bad storm, however, it is in a state of transition.  There is good longleaf pine regeneration and you can see the resurgence of the wiregrass as they keep the ground cover down with frequent fires.

LongleafRegeneration LongleafRestoration2

4) The Heritage farm is a nice area, although it was a bit muddy due to recent rains.  We enjoyed all the animals, although all we could do during the week was to look at them.  I suspect they have petting opportunities on the weekends, when the small museum and gift shop are open.

Donkey LogCabin

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