Description: One thousand acres straddling the peaceful south fork of the Broad River, Watson Mill Bridge is one of Georgia's most scenic state parks. The river and historic covered bridge are the focal points of the park, but the park is also well-known for its natural history interpretive exhibits and abundant wildlife. Ponds, rivers, streams, beaver dams and associated wetlands, bottomland hardwood forests, steep banks, granite outcrops, and pine forests make up a mosaic of habitats in the park. An extensive trail system for both hikers and horseback riders makes all these habitats easily accessible. Wildlife is abundant, and the short drive from Athens is worth the trip.
Viewing Information: The quiet solitude of this park makes wildlife viewing particularly enjoyable. Bird watching is excellent year-round. The best area for bird watching is around the parking area at the beginning of the horse trail. Wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, and woodland songbirds are all easily seen along the horse trails. Canoes and paddle boats can be rented here for wildlife viewing from the beautiful south fork of the Broad River.A highlight of this site is the outstanding wildlife display at the park office. Here, diagrams featuring Georgia wildlife in natural habitats are both beautiful and educational. Start your wildlife viewing from here and then hit the trail!
Directions: From Athens, take GA Hwy. 72 to Comer. From Comer follow the State park signs south on GA Hwy. 22 and turn left on Watson Mill Park Road. Entrance is marked.
Management: Georgia DNR, Parks and Historic Sites Division, 706-783-5349 (Visitors Center)
Closest Town: Comer, GA
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