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Crooked River State Park
6222 Charlie Smith Sr. Highway
St. Mary's, Georgia 31558
Voice: 912-882-5256

Located on Georgia’s Colonial Coast, this park offers cozy facilities in a beautiful setting. Campsites are surrounded by Spanish moss-draped oaks, while most cottages overlook the river. Hikers can explore the nature trail, which winds through maritime forest and salt marsh. A boat ramp is popular with anglers who often take to the water before sunrise. Visitors may venture to the nearby ruins of the tabby “McIntosh Sugar Works” mill, built around 1825 and later used as a starch factory during the Civil War. Nearby is the ferry to famous Cumberland Island National Seashore known for wild horses and mansion ruins.

Crooked River State Park is nestled atop a bluff overlooking the Crooked River. The park is comprised of 500 acres of longleaf pine, live oak canopies, salt marsh and forests of pine, sweet gum, southern bay, southern magnolia and palmetto. Approximately two-thirds of the park is surrounded by salt marsh and the Crooked River.

These ecosystems provide habitat for a wide variety of resident and migratory birds such as; wood stork, osprey, owls, painted bunting, cardinal, eastern towhee and mourning dove. Additionally, the park provides habitat for resident white-tailed deer, ferrel hog, gray and red fox, and bobcat. The park also has a number of reptiles and amphibians including the gopher tortoise.

Because Crooked River State Park is located so close to the inter-coastal waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, the Crooked River along the park is a body of salt water. A wide variety of fish and waterfowl utilize the waterway throughout the year. Examples of fish caught in the waterway and Crooked River are Red Drum, Spotted Bass, Black Drum, Spotted Sea Trout, Catfish, Mullet, Red Snapper, Sheephead, Flounder, and Croaker.

Georgia's Fish & Game Laws require that persons 16 years of age and older must be in possession of a valid fishing license while fishing in either fresh or salt water. The license you purchase is valid for both fresh and salt water fishing. This license also applies to the taking of oysters, crab, muscles, shrimp and other shellfish. License's can be obtained at the Park Office as well as a copy of the laws.

Visitors may fish from the floating dock and the beach (when the tide is out). There is absolutely NO FISHING FROM THE BLUFF! Most people find fishing is best from a boat.

 


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