Watson’s Mill Bridge State Park


Watson's Mill Bridge

Watson’s Mill Bridge

We’re at Watson’s Mill Bridge State Park in Comer, GA this evening.  It’s out in the middle of nowhere — far from a town of any size, in beautiful, green, rolling hill country.  It’s a small, very pretty park with one loop of huge camp sites, most of which are pull thrus for smaller rigs.

Here’s a little about the bridge from the campground’s website:

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.

I took the bridge photo in a light rain.  Hopefully tomorrow will be better picture taking weather.

We missed our turn twice on the way here, which added an hour and a whole lot of stress to the trip.  Peggy showed up shortly after we arrived.  She also had missed a turn that added an hour to her trip — and she was stressed out, too.

Our campsites

Our campsites

But once we got set up and had time to get together and talk, the pain of getting here was forgotten.  We had a wonderful time visiting.

After dinner, Ron and I planned to walk the dogs along one of the trails.  But the signs did not say how long the trails were or whether they were loops or not, and I was afraid of being caught out in the woods after dark.  So we’ll explore them tomorrow.

There are no photos of Peggy and myself because we looked too rain frazzled.  But the rain cleared up late today and the sun came out.  The next two days are supposed to be sunshiny and beautiful.







  1. I’m sure you will un-frazzle quickly. Hope you enjoy the rest of your week. Looks like a great place to camp.

    • It’s the familiar peaceful NE Georgia woods. Peggy chose this campground because it was on her non-interstate route to take the camper to her new home in NC. It was a great excuse to get together. 🙂

  2. It’s a very nice paddle above the bridge, too….easy current so you can paddle upstream and float back down. I like that CG except the state parks seem so expensive compared to the COE CG’s if you have the Geezer Pass.

    • Janis, Peggy is an avid kayaker, but she doesn’t have the kayak with her this trip. Too bad!

      YES! It is very expensive here. It’s $29 a night plus $5.00 use fee. We bought an annual pass that gives us one free night’s camping, so that pretty much pays for the pass. And it means we won’t have to pay day use fees at GA state parks for a year. Plus we get a 15% senior discount.

      But it’s still much more expensive than a COE. We figure the difference is we can camp for 3 days in a state park for what a week would cost us in a COE.

  3. JO

     /  April 22, 2014

    Just love the covered bridge. Have a wonderful time!

  4. I hadn’t realized Georgia had covered bridges at all. I thought they were mostly in the Northeast, although I’ve seen some in the Pacific Northwest.

    Virtual hugs,


  5. cozybegone

     /  April 23, 2014

    Sounds like a beautiful peaceful park…you ladies enjoy yourselves! I loved hikes with you, bet you find some goodies this week!

    • I’m skipping a hike with Ron this morning so I can do one with Peggy this afternoon! She is going to take her camera, and she is a superb, professional-level photographer. Bet she’ll get some wow photos of the bridge.

      I’ll ask her for some pointers! 🙂

  6. Awesome pictures! I like the covered bridge. In Iowa we have the “Bridges of Madison County”. Thanks for sharing the history of that bridge, too!

  7. Sounds like my kind of place. Love old covered bridges. Hope the weather improves for you.

  8. Wow that’s one big bridge! I also thought we had them only here in New England!! Enjoy your visit ! You’ll have fun whether rain or sun!!

    • New England is one of the most gorgeous places I’ve ever seen. Haven’t been there since the 70’s. We need to make another trip up there!

  9. What a beautiful covered bridge!! Horace King was such a great bridge builder you would expect his son to have learned that trade…and he did!!!
    What an amazing campground. Can’t wait to learn more about it. You all have a great time together. One day (after the wedding) Mike and I hope to get back out camping. We are taking the camper to Gulf Shores for the wedding…so there is always after.
    Take care!!

    • Gerri, it’s beautiful here, but it is one of those places where you have to make your own entertainment.

      I hope to see pictures of the wedding and your time in Gulf Shores on your blog! How exciting!!!

      We still plan to camp in your area before too long. Will let you know when, and if it works for you, would love to have you stop by for a visit! I want to meet the person who took that gorgeous chapel photo. 🙂

  10. Horst

     /  April 23, 2014

    Like JerryC said “my kind of place”…has all the ingredient’s…middle of nowhere, water, scenery(can’t go wrong with a covered bridge), trails….and photo ops….and the icing…being with Friends…enjoy…I’m thinking positive thoughts on the weather….Horst sends

    • Horst, we love this place more and more the longer we are here. The birdsong in the mornings is louder and more varied than I’ve heard in a long time. And the weather turned as perfect as weather can be!

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