Watson Mill Bridge State Park

Finally - a travel post like we had envisioned writing when planning this adventure!

We had stored our trailer at some good Jeeping friends Frank and Cat about two hours NE of Atlanta in the small Georgia town of Comer.  Originally the plan had been to be back on a weekend and hang out with them for a couple of days, helping with the in-process rock buggy Frank is building.  This would both satisfy my urge for garage/shop/vehicle build time and also be a way for us to pay them back for storing the trailer. 

The accident and ice storm changed all that and we ended up back to get the trailer on a Wednesday instead - a work day for Frank.  What we needed was a close place to get the trailer to that would allow us to “reset” and also be back the following evening to take Frank and Cat out for dinner as thank you instead.  On the way to drop off the trailer (some 5.5 weeks ago now) I had noted signs for a state park, and MsBoyink followed that up and decided it was worth a visit. 

As it turned out Watson Mill State Park was a nice little gem tucked into the GA countryside.  The campground has only 21 sites, but they are well-sized, nicely graveled and mostly pull-through.  The park also has a washer & dryer which would allow us to get caught up on laundry.  We picked up the trailer in 56-degree sunny weather and headed over to the park - which we had the entirely to ourselves.  The park is next to a covered bridge built in 1885 and is over 230 feet long (the longest in GA of it’s type).  The dam used to power a grist mill and the ruins are still in place.  Between the dam and grist mill ruins is a raceway that was still frozen over our first day there.  We had fun chucking in some rocks and then watching the air bubbles look for an escape.

The following day I got up with the sun to take some photos of the bridge, and the kids and I walked back to it again later in the day. MsBoyink got caught up on laundry, I got some work done and the truck tookbox reset.  The kids got caught up on outdoor time.  The day turned out just as warm and it was glorious being out in shirtsleeves, back in our home, and in the quiet woods.

That night we drove into Athens for a our Jeepers dinner out and had a great time.  This morning we got up at a reasonable hour and hit the road with Florida in our sights - a longer drive than usual but we were ready for a change of state.

Thanks again to Frank and Cat for the storage spot!

Cattails by dam

Cattails by dam

View of the bridge looking north

View of the bridge looking north

View of the bridge looking south

View of the bridge looking south

From below the dam

From below the dam

The grist mill ruins viewed from above

The grist mill ruins viewed from above

We couldn't resist climbing down

We couldn't resist climbing down

Artsy shot

Artsy shot

Data gets skittish on the wall - its a long way down

Data gets skittish on the wall - its a long way down

Take my picture Daddy

Take my picture Daddy

Storybird loves rock hopping

Storybird loves rock hopping

Data studies the water.

Data studies the water.

Hop hop hop

Hop hop hop

Pondering her next move

Pondering her next move

Walking through the bridge.

Walking through the bridge.

Happy to be back in our home

Happy to be back in our home

Kicking that danged snow

MsBoyink Kicks Snow

Air bubbles under frozen water

Storybird makes smiley face air bubbles

2 Comments Watson Mill Bridge State Park

  1. Picture of Phil L. Phil L. January 24, 2011

    Awesome pictures! Those views - with only 21 sites? Definitely a hidden gem!

    And 56 degrees. Here in the mid-Atlantic, we dipped into singe-digit territory last night…

  2. Picture of jana sallee jana sallee November 04, 2011

    The experince at Watson’s Mill may be your last. The park was down graded. This means no regular staff of rangers. This means that there are beer drinking, drug using, loud noise playing people in the park. I would not go there if I didn’t have a group to go with me. Just saying.

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