Watson Mill Pond

MODERATE 4 reviews

Watson Mill Pond is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Twin City, Georgia that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.7 miles
0 feet

dogs on leash




paddle sports




paddle sports
6 months ago

Let's be clear about the subject. This is a water trail. In fact, there are two of them. Both begin at the boat ramp near the park office.

The first is marked by red metal tags on trees; some are faded. Red trail proceeds more or less up the middle of the lake and upstream Fifteen Mile Creek (the source of the mill "pond") to the bridge where US Hwy 80 crosses it. Current is very, very slow to the point of being almost indiscernable.

The other trail is a loop that follows the shoreline around the lake. It is marked by green metal tags affixed to trees. These are also faded, so they may appear gray. Of course, this makes them difficult to find. If the water level is low, the green trail is impossible to follow. Furthermore, this loop trail threads through brush and around closely spaced trees. It is a navigator's challenge.

Aside from the challenges mentioned, it is also worthwhile noting that wasp nests are sometimes found on trees. They grow as the seasons progress, so that by fall they can be pretty large. Don't mess with them. Don't bump into trees containing them or you will have a bonnet full. And you can't just jump out of your boat and run away.

Watson Mill Pond is a very peaceful and beautiful place to canoe or kayak. Birdwatchers will be delighted with the swamp canaries, herons blue and white, chickadees, painted buntings, and many other species. You might find a beaver lodge or two. Cat-face scars can be seen on old stumps resulting from turpentine works back in the days before the pond was built.

Watson Mill Pond seems like a likely place to fish. I have fished there many times, but have never had so much as a bite. If you want fish for dinner, you better stop at the grocery store in nearby Twin City.

I highly recommend George L Smith State Park and Watson Mill Pond trails. For a great camping experience, pick a site in the campground near the pond and paddle your boat to your heart's content.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

nice easy hike. good scenery

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Great little tune up trail. They have a nice back country trail with camping sites.

paddle sports
Monday, March 17, 2014

Love kayaking these trails. But be warned, toward the top of the lake where all the trails merge the kayak trail markers seem to get further and further apart. I actually got lost here for 30 minutes. Finally found a marker and my location on the map and decided to call it a day. Also, this park has great hiking trails to. This park has a postcard memorable covered pond mill too. Overall, I would highly recommend hiking, camping, and kayaking a this park.