Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Watson Mill Bridge State Park, Comer, GA.
Hello! I promised to try to keep up with my postings on this trip, so here's the second installment. Yesterday, we headed about 175 miles north from Beaver Run RV Park, and wound up here at beautiful Watson Mill Bridge State Park in the little town of Comer, Georgia. This place is SO cool! There are two entrances into the park. The northern entrance is in the town of Comer itself. If you have a large RV that is taller than 9 feet or weighs more than 3 tons, you have to enter from the north. Luckily for us, Dodge and I are both much shorter than 9 feet, and even both of us together don't weigh 3 tons, so we were able to enter from the south. That enabled us to cross over the magnificent Watson Mill Bridge, and that was a real treat. Sometimes it pays to be a little guy like me. Traffic was light, so Gary was able to park me at various places inside the bridge and take pictures. It was a little scary hearing some of those old boards squeak as we rolled over them, but I was too excited to worry very much. Once through the bridge, we stopped at the visitor's center to check in. Inside was a really sweet girl named Lindsey. She was very helpful and answered all of Gary's questions. Once Lindsey got us squared away, we headed back to the campground. It is small with only 22 campsites. Some were taken, but we rolled through twice to check them all out, and ended up in campsite number 11. It is at least 95% shady all through the day. We like that. The temperatures have been mild on this trip, and after the grueling Florida summer we had, this is exactly what we've been looking forward to. It hasn't gotten hotter than 78 degrees so far, and last night it got all the way down to 51 degrees. I don't think Gary moved the entire night, and when he sleeps well, I do too. After Gary got me settled into our campsite, he decided to go for a walk and check out the park. There's a trail within the campground that follows the curves of the river, takes you past the site of an old hydro-electric power house, and eventually you wind up at the covered bridge. From Gary's many pictures, the whole thing looks very picturesque. I wish I could go to all the places that Gary does, but it's easier for me to hang out and watch TV or feed the squirrels. He always takes enough pictures that I get all of the enjoyment without doing any of the work. For a lazy guy like me, that is just plain perfect. You can get down to the briskly flowing river from either end of the bridge. There's a 2-1/2 mile walking and bicycling trail on the side opposite the campground. Picnic areas are abundant, a lot of them with scenic views of the bridge and the water. In a separate area near where we came into the park from the south, there is an equestrian camping area. There are also primitive camping areas (if you're into that kind of thing) near the main campground. Gary says the restrooms are pretty nice. There's a washer and dryer between the men's and women's restroom, and for the big boy campers, the dump station is appropriately located right next to the restroom. There's no TV or internet connection in the campground, but free WiFi is available at the visitor's center 24 hours a day. I sent Gary over there to type this up for me. We are really enjoying being here, and I wish we could stay longer than three nights. Now that we know what an awesome park this is, there is no doubt at all that we will come back here again someday. Georgia has a lot of GREAT state parks, and this is one of the best that we have been to. It's off the beaten path, but well worth a visit. When you get here and check in at the visitor's center, don't forget to tell Lindsey that Toaster sent you. She will know EXACTLY who you're talking about.