Georgia State Parks: George L. Smith State Park.

April park: George L. Smith State Park

Our April park was one that I really wanted to do, but I wasn’t sure the best way to get there.

It’s a little over 3 hours from our house (if you’re a Georgian, it’s near Metter), but since my parents live south of us, I was hoping that I could combine a visit with them with a visit to this park.

And that’s exactly what we did!

After Easter in Eastman, we drove to George L. Smith.

Huck was with us for this trip, and we stayed in a dog-friendly cabin.

Here’s the one thing I want to tell you about their cabins: They are awesome.

It had an amazing and big screened porch, a fireplace, a dining room, kitchen, living room (with a TV and DVD player, which we hadn’t experienced at a state park before), and it was two bedrooms with two full baths.

“Our yard” had this huge magnolia tree (perfect for my climbing girl), and the side yard was HUGE!  Huck was off leash (rebel alert) most of the time, because the space for him to explore was so big!

I pretty much wanted to move in.

I’m telling you all of this because it’s a state park that is not really close to anything that I could tell.  So staying a cabin is probably a good call, and you’ll be thrilled!

Okay, so the coolest thing about George L. Smith State Park is the cypress trees that are growing in the water.  And the water?  It’s super black and really reflective.  It was amazing!

You can rent any kind of boat from the park.

We rented a standard paddle boat (row boat) the first day, and were able to paddle into the thick of some of the trees.

The second day, we rented the coolest pedal boat ever — Kevin and I sat in the front and pedaled, and Tom and Alice sat in the back enjoying snacks!  It was really neat.

We were able to see so many things that we wouldn’t have seen otherwise, and I’m so, so thrilled we went.

(They also rent canoes, kayaks and paddle boards.)

And y’all?

Kevin said this was his FAVORITE PARK SO FAR.

And Tom agreed!

(I can’t choose yet.  I really, truly have loved them all!)

((Alice loves Providence best!  Even though she got a blister and splinter, it’s still her favorite.  Ha!))

What I’m saying it: It was really amazing.  You should visit.

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(Osprey nest at the top of that tree!  We could see them in there.)

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Babies giggling in there.


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Read about our other Georgia State Park adventures so far this year!

January park: Sweetwater Creek State Park.
February park: FDR State Park.
March park: Providence Canyon State Park

Follow our adventures on Instagram! #12parksin2015

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4 Responses to Georgia State Parks: George L. Smith State Park.

  1. redkeeney says:

    that looks really cool! I like the trees. And Alice in them. Also I want to “like” the last two tweets from you. I don’t check twitter anymore. I just read them here.

  2. loveandkate says:

    Ha ha! Noted!! 🙂

  3. Victoria says:

    ok – climbing trees – you got me! We will have to check this one out! Thank you so much for posting about it!

  4. Pingback: Georgia State Parks: Red Top Mountain State Park. |

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