Looking for a great trail in Watson Mill Bridge State Park, Georgia? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, walking trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 7 easy trails in Watson Mill Bridge State Park ranging from 1.9 to 7.4 miles and from 521 to 669 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!



bird watching

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Known as 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 an overnight stay at the campground. Hiking, biking and horseback riding trails allow visitors to enjoy the thick forest along the river or travel into the parks backcountry. During summer, visitors often play in the cool river shoals just below the bridge.

I should like this trail more than I do. There is a really nice stand of hardwoods dominated by white oak, which has to be one of my favorite trees. If I ever hit the lottery, my home will be nestled into a stand like this one. The trail is a bit rooty in places, but otherwise in pretty good shape.

We played around on the river for a bit this time out.

Willow and I missed a turn towards the end and went a bit long, I think we came out at 7.2 miles. The horse trail network can be a bit confusing and could stand to be better marked. The app did let me know I was off route but only after I was 1/2 mile past my turn. I might need to tweak that a bit. Lots of deer, so keep an eye on your canine trail buddies if they are inclined to chase. Three fawns popped up about thirty yards ahead of us, but Willow was too hot and tired to do more than watch them, which suited me just fine. The trail could use some love in places, there are places where runoff is running down the trail and rutting it up. These trails are primarily equestrian, so they tend to take a beating under the best of circumstances. I don’t recommend hiking them with a dog on the weekends due to the horse traffic. Some pretty scenery along this route, the river, some oxbows, some evidence of old terraces.

This trail should be left to our long faced friends.

I do this trail with a 35 lb backpack to keep up my PT for tougher trails. Has a couple of nice climbs, cool bridges to cross, one lookout and a beautiful creek that you travel along for a ways. Nice trail. The days weather 96 deg 104 deg heat index.

Saw much wildlife activity today from deer and turkey.

The trails were easy and short. A great park to explore and have a picnic

A nice hike, well maintained. It would be nice to have more benches for rest periods on really hot days. The water level is high right now so it's nice to stop and rest along the banks of the river and listen to the rushing water.

It was a beautiful day and a great hike really enjoyed it

good trail. nice easy walk.

great trail with some good picture spots.

Beautiful little hike. Easy trail that is very well maintained

love this one. go at least once a week. Close to home and a very good cardio.

Great trail, very easy, had one decent little grade on it, lots of water to view, creeks to small river, the bridge is gorgeous. I highly recommend.

Great trail. very easy for those who don't mind a bit of hills. There's a couple steep grades that might make it difficult for very young or very old or those not too steady on the feet. But overall easy and tranquil with lots of pretty views and good rest spots.

Great trail. Easy hike. Dogs loved it. As did my wife and I.

Small natural hike. We saw the ruins of the old power house.

Natural trail with parts along side the river. Its almost easy with a small elevation. Water is in the river is refreshing.

Nice, peaceful trail. A good stroll on the woods.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

This was a nice hike with the exception of the downed trees. Be careful climbing over and around. Its refreshing to be able to dip in the creek after the hike in the humidity!

horseback riding
Friday, May 11, 2018

Gorgeous trails. The shorter loop is great for schooling youngsters or taking it easy in the older horses, and there's a picnic area on another loop with a water pump and hitching posts.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

$5 for parking and the trail is well kept. Waterfall is gorgeous that leads to a pool where my dog was able to swim without worrying about the current.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Went here with my 10yo daughter and had a lot of fun. Trail is nice...pretty easy but definitely wear good shoes. Was great to play in the water after

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Great area for photography and a short hike. When I went the area was also very busy with people using the river for tubing and hanging out. Parking looks to be limited but I got there early so I didn't have to worry about it. Also it is $5 to park.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Great swimming!

trail running
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Main trails are pretty cool but short. Good relaxing run. I'd avoid horse trails if running. Pretty at parts but too much mud and uneven ground due to horse traffic.

Amazing... beautiful... peaceful.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

This is such a wonderful, well kept trail.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Beautiful scenery, water was amazing to wade in... trails were very nice... well kept. great day..

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