We spent a weekend here at crooked River State Park. The campground was clean, the bathrooms were clean. There were many amenities and lots of things to offer like fishing, hiking, putt putt as well as stores close by. The campground is open however sites are very far away from each other. There are plenty of pull through sites. The cabins looked cute and cozy although we did not stay in them. We will definitely be back with the kids.￼
Arrived here for a two-night tent stay in the second week of September after crossing the GA State border from Hanna in Jacksonville. The ranger was very accommodating, even staying a bit past five to arrange check in (called him on the phone on the way in). The camp store is well stocked. The spots certainly cater to large RVs, which means that there is lots of room for tents. It's an open plan, which means that you can see the whole park, and the whole park can see you, but there's reasonable separation between the spots. The trees are tall and beautiful, creating a partial shade. The restroom facilities are being renovated at the center of the main park, but there is a newer building past spot #6 that also has indoor laundry. No access to the water directly from the camp site. Moved the picnic table of the sandy pad and placed the tent there. It was cleaner than placing it on the gravel spot where the RVs go. It was a good park.
Awesome place! It was clean and well maintained. Didn’t stay in a cottage but they looked very nice and right on the river. Great views, good trails, and an interesting nature center with friendly staff. If you are in the area I highly recommend this overlooked park!
This park is surprisingly very quiet even though it’s so close to the city of St Mary’s. It has a very relaxing vibe to it. The trails in the park are nice and all of them offer somewhat different views and vibes. I believe where we stayed, site 39, is the best site in the park. Fairly private and with a river view. We did have 2 complaints, one being that after we had set up our tent on the grassy area of our site, the staff came and said we had to move it to the very rocky pad meant for the RVs. Uncomfortable and inconvenient. The other complaint was that as we were following one of the guided kayaking trails by a map, 2 out of the 6 trail markers were completely missing. The existing markers were so small we had to use the binoculars to see them. I wouldn’t recommend the kayaking if you are not very experienced with doing it in tidal waters. We struggled a LOT and it was unnerving to feel lost without some of the markers.
One of the best Georgia State Parks we have camped in. Very well maintained, clean restrooms, friendly and helpful staff, and the peace and quiet we were looking for. The sites are private, very large, and many provide full hookups. The park staff and volunteers were numerous, friendly, and very helpful. The biting sand gnats were at times unbearable and definitely put a damper on our trip. I would highly recommend this park as one to visit but make sure you are prepared with lots of bug repellent.
This campground is geared toward large RVs. Although I am sure you could pitch a tent, we did not see any while there. Each site is a FHU and therefore, the campground is pricier than other state parks ($40 plus a $5 park pass). The driveways are very long, and our small camper van looked lost among all the larger rigs! There are also 11 fully equipped cottages; four of them allow pets. Reasonably priced laundry facilities ($1.25 each for washer and dryer). We were in the section with the new bathhouse – four individual units, each with toilet, sink, and shower.
Our first night, the noseeums were pretty pesky but the temperature dropped about 20 degrees the second night and voila - they were gone! I imagine they would be relentless in the summer months!
We chose this campground since it was just a 20-minute drive to the ferry to Cumberland Island. Although we did not avail ourselves of these options, fishing and private boats are other activities that can be enjoyed at this park. The day-use area has an outdoor “gym” and mini-golf. You could walk there from the campground, but it is about a mile away.
We came to this park because we were looking (as usual) for a park with paddling, hiking and biking. We were also curious about Cumberland island and wanted to get information on the ferry and if this park could be a good homebase to use. (We knew the ferry to Cumberland Island was not too far away from this park). We were here in March. We were not troubled by the no see-ums but we had a lot of overcast cooler days while we were here. . 🎆The highlights of this park were plentiful- Kayaking with dolphins , beautiful trails, nice views from campsites, adequate hiking, fun destination biking to St Marys, full bait and tackle shop, outdoor fitness center, mini golf.
🥾Hiking- (4 miles of trails) there are 5-6 trails not including golf cart trails and birding trails- .
🚴♀️🚵Biking- all the trails and golf cart trails were user friendly with our hybrid bikes. We biked to St. Mary’s to the Cumberland ferry departure site from the campground. 9 miles of the 10 mile trip was on protected sidewalk/multi use type sidewalk. St Mary’s has a bunch of super cute restaurants and souvenir stores and Museums. (Check opening hours of museums before you visit) Nice place to spend a couple of hours.
🛶Water activities-paddling/fishing/swimming. Kayak drop off is a short distance from campground - (too far to manually wheel our kayaks over each day) so we locked them up at the boat ramp area.
📌You are dependent on tides when you are kayaking here - they are pretty strong! The park will supply you with a tide schedule and which direction to Kayak. Good fishing off the shore and floating dock area.
🚍🏕Campground: The gravel campsites were large and spacious. There were full hookups available- even 100AMP but we did not get one. (Choose premium for sewer too) Cell reception with our Verizon hotspots was good. Washer/dryer cost $.75 . There isn’t a playground at the campsite area but there is one on each side just a short walk away. There is also a pioneer campground area for group camping.
🏡 there are also 11 cabins for rent with screen porches, basic amenities to include cable- there are more detailed descriptions are online at ReserveAmerica.
Happy Camping! Pamela and Keith
We made reservations here for the end of January thinking the weather wouldn't be so cold since we were close to Florida…how bad could it be? Well, record low temps told us how cold! Good thing we had heat, but outdoor cooking/eating was a challenge.
Other than the weather we LOVED this park. The campground hosts were AWESOME! To the point where they even raked the fine gravel into Zen like patterns. Everything was clean and very well maintained.
Located on the St. Mary River, this park has nice flat trails, good for biking too. Also plenty of bird watching.
Luckily, the government shut down ended while we were here so the ferries to Cumberland Island started back up. We spent a day there with a good friend as our guide and hiked over 7 miles. It was magical and a day I will never forget.
St. Marys is a very cute town with nice shops and good restaurants. We also enjoyed a day at Fernandina Beach walking on the beach, shopping and enjoying their micro brewery.
Amazing campground! Very well groomed and sites are very large. Lots of room for the kiddos to play. Bring your bug spray…no see-ums will get you for sure.
Another Great State Park in Georgia, Plenty of Room and Gorgeous Trails and Scenery….