Watson Mill Bridge State Park Trails

Comer, Georgia 30629

Watson Mill Bridge State Park Trails

Watson Mill Bridge State Park Trails Professional Review and Guide

"Watson Mill Bridge State Park is named for the 229-foot covered bridge, constructed in 1880, located at its original site across the South Fork of the Broad River, colloquially known as just South Fork River."

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"Watson Mill Bridge State Park is named for the 229-foot covered bridge, constructed in 1880, located at its original site across the South Fork of the Broad River, colloquially known as just South Fork River. The waterpower from the river at this scenic s"

"The hike begins with a good view of the shoals beneath the bridge, which serves as a natural water park for visitors. You can then descend to the bottomland forest along the river, or walk along the 300-yard stone canal to reach the powerhouse ruins. From the ruins, walk southeast on the upper slope where a wood platform provides a good view of the river. You then reach an intersection with the Holly Tree Loop Trail.

From here you can continue to explore the river and a nearby tributary, but only a very brief stretch of this is worth checking out. I recommend you take the Holly Tree Loop Trail, which rolls through beeches, oaks, and sweet gum trees and provides another good view of the hydroelectric powerhouse."

"This 2.3-mile Hiking and Biking Trail begins on the north bank of the river and then loops through an open forest of pines and hardwoods.

Multiple canopy layers cloak the majority of the trail in shade, and there are no long, steep grades, making this a pretty comfortable path. As you walk, be alert and prepared to give way to bikers. And if you’re a beginner mountain biker, you might enjoy this trail as it has few technical sections."

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Trail Information

Comer
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
2.2
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Watson Mill Bridge State Park, 650 Watson Mill Rd., Comer 30629; (706) 783-5349; www.gastateparks.org
Local Contacts
USGS Carlton; small map of the park with the hiking and biking trails available at the park office
Local Maps