Watson Mill Bridge State Park

Watson Mill Bridge State Park in Comer, GA is probably my favorite place so far for quiet and having a mini-retreat from it all. Follow the signs to the state park and not necessarily your GPS to make sure you don’t find yourself on the wrong side of the bridge with your camper. We stayed several nights while my husband was speaking at a conference in Athens, GA.

Watson Mill Bridge was built in 1885 and is quite a sight still. The musty, woodsy smell captures and transports you back to another time. We drove, walked, and biked across. It is the longest covered bridge in Georgia and spans across the South Fork River. The construction is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. The builders used huge, thick beams with wooden pegs for rivets. It’s rustically gorgeous. In 1973 it was restored, but they were careful to not detract from the original beauty. The result is a safe and strong bridge that will likely be around for a long time to come.

We stayed at site #14. There are only 21 sites in the park, but they are very well situated and most have plenty of privacy. Pines and oaks were on our site. We were startled more than once by acorns plunking down on our camper’s roof during the windiest part of our stay, so justs a “heads up” for the fall campers. The restroom facility was easy to get to from even the farthest sites. There was a real well beside it that we thought was pretty cool. If you are a tent camper you may really enjoy the secluded sites by the river.

The park has several hiking, biking, and even horse trails. If you like mountain biking and are an expert you may enjoy the 2.5 mile trail right by the bridge. We wound up securing our bikes and hiking that one because it was way too advanced for us. We enjoyed biking the 1.5 mile trail just a bit farther along on the opposite side of the road (Beaver Creek Trail) because we found it to be more for the intermediate biker. One thing we noticed was that blazes were not painted on the trees so you have to pay close attention to the paths. In the fall that can be a little more difficult than you might expect with the leaves obscuring the trails.

Whether you plan to stay overnight or you just want to spend a few hours, Watson Mill Bridge State Park is a must-see.

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650 Watson Mill Rd
Comer, Georgia 30629
Phone:  706-783-5349
Watson Mill Bridge State Park
Sites: 21
Recent Rate: $30

 

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