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650 Watson Mill Rd

One of the most picturesque state parks in Georgia, Watson Mill Bridge contains the longest covered bridge in the state, spanning 229 feet across the South Fork River. Built in 1885 by Washington (W.W.) King, son of freed slave and famous covered-bridge builder Horace King, the bridge is supported by a town lattice truss system held firmly together with wooden pins.  At one time, Georgia had more than 200 covered bridges; today, less than 20 remain.

The park is an ideal spot for an afternoon picnic or overnight stay in the quiet campground. Hiking, biking and horseback riding trails allow visitors to enjoy the thick forest and river. During summer, visitors often play in the cool river shoals just below the bridge. Watson Mill Bridge has become a popular destination for horse owners who have their own camping area near stalls.


Hope Smith

Thursday, March 15, 2018
This is a great place to explore and hike. The trail is only 2 or 3 miles and easy for kids to do. Great place for pictures and the covered bridge is still maintained. There is a picnic area with tables and parking. They ask for donations.

Doris Medlock

Friday, April 6, 2018
Beautiful waterfalls and very relaxed setting. Loved the hiking trail(s) and the would truly be walking on water and it wasn't warm/cold. Go to it - you'll enjoy it.

William Haun

Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017
The bridge is Georgia’s longest covered bridge and was built in 1885 by the son of a freed slave. It is remarkable to see that a bridge built so long ago using wooden pins still holds up under the modern day vehicles that drive over it. The park boasts of several miles worth of trails. After walking across the bridge and exploring the river’s banks for a while, I let my son go down and swim. We didn’t have our river shoes so we had to be extra careful on the slippery rocks.

Cathie Bales

Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017
Watson Mill Bridge is 30 minutes from Athens. This is a nice park with camping, trails, canoe and paddle boat rentals along with many picnic areas and playground. The covered bridge is very scenic with a small waterfall spilling into shallow water. This is a popular spot during the summer for water activities. There is a $5 fee for using the park.

Sandy Coldsmith

Sunday, April 1, 2018
It is a nice place to visit but we could not find to where to pay to park so therefore we received a ticket. I won't be back.

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