Located on southern tip of Georgia’s Colonial Coast, this park is the perfect spot for enjoying the Intracoastal Waterway and maritime forest. Campsites are surrounded by palmettos and Spanish moss-draped oaks, while cottages are set near the tidal river. A boat ramp is popular with anglers who often take to the water before sunrise. Just down the road is the ferry to famous Cumberland Island National Seashore known for secluded beaches and wild horses.
The park’s nature trail winds through forest and salt marsh, and hikers may see gopher tortoises, fiddler crabs, herons and other birds. A nature center features fish, snakes, turtles and other animals native to coastal Georgia. Visitors may venture to the nearby ruins of a tabby mill, built around 1825 and later used as a starch factory during the Civil War.
Reservations, Accommodations & Facilities
- 500 Acres
- North Star Bait & Tackle Shop
- 11 Cottages
- 52 Tent, Trailer & RV Campsites
- 1 Pioneer Campground
- 4 Picnic Shelters
- 2 Group Shelters (seats 80 & 135)
- Boat Ramp & Dock
- Nature Center
- Wi-Fi — available in park office
- Boating — private boats permitted
- Guided Kayak Trips
- Hiking — 4 miles of trails
- Miniature Golf (fee)
- Park Paddlers Club
- Pontoon Boat Tours
- Weddings — park approval required
- Bike Rental
- Jon Boat Rental
Park Hours 7 a.m.–10 p.m.
Sunday–Thursday 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
Friday–Saturday 8 a.m.–10 p.m.
Fees & Passes
$5 parking. Annual passes available.
6222 Charlie Smith Senior Highway
St. Marys, GA 31558
N 30.8422056 | W -81.5524702