SP Campground Review – Crooked River State Park, St. Marys, GA
A gorgeous, peaceful, relaxed, green State Park on the very SE tip of GA. Gateway to Cumberland Island National Seashore.
- Site Quality = 4/5
Very nice sites here with just a few minor dings. All sites are large, gravel sites (can accommodate up to 50-foot RV’s) with a mix of back-in and very long pull-throughs. Each site has electric/water and all sites are 30A except for a select few (sites 50/54/57/59 and ADA-site 46) which offer 50A . Each site also offers a spacious “sitting area” containing picnic table, fire-pit, and lantern pole. Generally all sites are nice and there is a good separation and a nice selection of trees and shade throughout, but the two sides of the campground do have significantly different feels:
- Left-Hand Loop (sites #1-38) – This is the more “open” section of the campground. There are plenty of trees here, but no ground-level vegetation between sites, so there is minimal privacy and you see other RV’s through the tree trunks from your rig. Some of the sites are also less defined here, and separation is not as consistent as the right-hand side. However, most of the sites are nicely separated and a few in the back of the loop (#11,12,14,15) have a slice of water-view out the rear so if you’re looking for that, check those out. All sites on this side are 30A/water.
- Right-Hand Loop (sites #39-62) – This is the more “private” section of the campground. Lots of ground-level vegetation between sites here so sites are very well-defined and there is both excellent separation and excellent privacy throughout. All sites on this side are 30A/water except for a select few (50/54/57/59 and ADA-site 46) which offer 50A/water. This is where we stayed and it was by far our favorite section of the campground.
- NOTE1/ At this park you can book a spot (either a “regular” campsite or an ADA-accessible campsite), but NOT a specific site. So, you simply drive around and chose an open (available) site after you’ve checked in.
- NOTE2/ There are also rentable cottages which are very nice indeed. These are separated from the main campground loop and many have river views.
- Facilities = 4.5/5
Facilities include flush toilets & 2 individual shower stalls. Everything was clean and showers had individual hot/cold water control and nice shower-heads. Only ding? Only one of the showers had a “bench area” for your clothing (the disabled-access shower), whereas the other was rather cramped and did not. Also each facility (one in each loop) offers a single washer & dryer for laundry ($0.75). On-site dump station.
- Location = 5/5
You come here to escape into nature and go visit Cumberland Island National Seashore, and for both purposes this is an excellent location. The campground is ~10 miles from Hwy 95 so it is incredibly peaceful and quiet, yet it’s only a short drive into St. Mary’s which offers the ferry to Cumberland Island as well as a cute little town with restaurants, grocery and shopping. At the campground itself there are miles of excellent hiking trails, a lovely river (Crooked River), boat launch, miniature golf (yes really), plenty of picnic areas and fishing. It’s the perfect place to veg and enjoy nature.
- Pet Friendliness = 5/5
Great place for doggie. Lots of space in camp, plus miles of nature trails to hike. There is also river access for doggie to dip paws into the water. Only word of warning? Watch out for ticks in summer season (main trails are fine, but the woods do have them).
Overall Rating = 4.6
BONUS ALERT = Camp in green and quiet by a lovely Crooked River!
Video Overview: Want to see it in living color? Check out our ~15 min video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Deot9kwvJcw
Summary: We’ve always heard great things about GA State Parks, and Crooked River definitely delivered on that promise. It’s a wonderfully peaceful, green State Park at the very south-end tip of GA. It’s in a great location right by Crooked River in a forested, green area only a short drive to St.Mary’s which is a cute little town that offers restaurants/groceries/shopping as well as the ferry to Cumberland Island National Seashore. The campground itself is everything you’d want in a State Park. Large, gravel sites with good separation, large “sitting areas” and water/electric hookups (mostly 30A, but a select few do offer 50A). There are 2 loops which differ a bit in feel. The left-hand loop (sites #1-38) is the more “open” section of the campground with lots of trees but little ground-level vegetation so only moderate privacy. Some of the sites on this side (#11,12,14,15) do have water-views out the back though. The right-hand loop (sites #39-62) is the more “private” section of the campground with lots of ground-level vegetation and excellent privacy. This is where we stayed and we loved it! As is typical in GA State Parks you can book a spot, but not a specific site so you simply drive around and choose an available site after check-in/registration. We like this arrangement since it allows us to chose exactly the kind of site we like. In addition the campground offers miles of hiking trails as well as lots of spots to hang in nature (picnic areas, boat launch, fishing) and even a miniature golf course. We loved our stay here so much that we barely left our campsite the entire time we were here. A gorgeous park that we would return to in a heartbeat!
Extra Info: Solid, usable cell signal (3 bars Verizon LTE, 2 bars ATT and T-Mobile Binge-On worked great). Total 62 sites all reservable on-line (you can only reserve a spot, not a specific site). All sites are water/electric only (NO sewer) and cost $32/night. There is an additional $5 GA State Park pass fee for all campers (unless you have the yearly GA pass). On-site dump station.