Georgia's Colonial Coast is packed with history and natural beauty, making it a wonderful vacation destination. If you're looking to explore some of the best this region has to offer, Crooked River State Park makes the ideal starting point.
Located near St. Mary's at the southern end of the Colonial Coast, this 500-acre park offers a tranquil site for you, your dog, and the whole family to enjoy time in the great outdoors.
Boasting a pretty location on the south bank of the Crooked River, the park offers easy access to the Intracoastal Waterway. There's a boat launch ramp and floating dock, with guided kayak trips and boat rental also available. Anglers are also well catered for, and it's not uncommon to see them heading out on the water well before sunrise to try their luck.
When you're not out on the water, you might like to explore the park's nature trail, which leads you through forest and salt marsh and into the habitat of many different species of wildlife. There are four miles of hiking trails in total, or, if you prefer to get right up close and personal with the flora and fauna, the park's nature center is well worth a visit.
When you're ready to set up camp for the night, the Crooked River State Park campground is home to 64 tent, trailer, and RV campsites. The campground is pet-friendly, so your dog is more than welcome, while four of the park's 11 cottages also permit you to stay with your pet. A $5 parking fee applies, and it's also important to familiarize yourself with the park's camping fees when planning your visit.
Throughout the duration of your visit, make sure you follow all posted rules and regulations regarding pets. These include only taking your dog to those areas where pets are allowed, and remembering to keep your pooch leashed and under control at all times. Finally, don't forget to clean up after your furry friend whenever required -- it's a simple job that helps ensure parks like this one continue to welcome pets.