Watson Mill Bridge State Park

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.


Sifu_David Mitchell

Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017

I came here for a birthday camping trip. We stayed in one of the pioneer sites. It was beautiful. Right by the creek. Wonderful site and it was quiet. One of the only parks that let you do a single day rental which was nice. The bridge was amazing.

Christine Bernal

Monday, Sep. 18, 2017

I thought it was a cool experience just to drive across the covered wooden bridge. I enjoyed photographing the water/falls. The 2.5 mi fitness trail was well shaded and quiet, but it didn't make for an interesting sight-seeing walk. The park also has several pavilions and picnic tables, a playground, volleyball net, and grills. There is some neat taxidermy in the visitor's center/gift shop that's worth a view.

Toni Lyn Coleman

Friday, Oct. 20, 2017

Everything was great other than a black guys driving a big yellow school bus from Oglethorpe county schools speeding down the road almost hit us. Then proceeded to tell us we were walking on the road... There were no sidewalks.... He was rude and also had kids in his bus. But the park was beautiful and the bridge is cool to see

Adam Wishall

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

State park built around an old covered bridge and the river it crosses. The river just down stream of the bridge is a fun watering hole with several small natural slides. Park office is neat but small and basic. It's also the only place nearby to get ice and it closes promptly at 5pm. Campground is fairly nice, better than many, especially the bathrooms which is a big deal. Camp live-in manager couple seem okay, didn't see them much.

Alistair 1924

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017

Nice little stop but not very big and not a lot to do here. The covered bridge is beautiful though.