Monday, August 1, 2011

George L. Smith State Parks

With kayaks atop the jeep & the Casita in tow we arrived at GLS located near the little area of Twin City GA. The park covers 1,634 acres and a 412 acre lake which is lined with beautiful cypress trees. 

The covered bridge/dam located across from the park office houses   a gristmill which once served as cotton, grain and sawmill. The 1880 operations is still used to grind meal which can be purchased at the office. 

 The weather was clear and free of the smoke which has blanketed areas around home. The wildfires which have burned for weeks around the GA/FL line weren’t affecting this area. The clean air was enough to make the trip worthwhile.

After setting up camp, which included putting up a new screen room, it was time for the Ms. Georgia and me to enjoy some lawn chair racing.   

With the majority of sites directly access the lake this is a wonderful place for kayaks, canoes, paddle boats or boats with small trolling motors.  (The use of outboard motors is not permitted on the lake).

 On this trip the lake was low due to the lack of rain the past few weeks; however we didn’t let this dampen our spirit. Over the next few days we spent a great deal of time paddling around the lake, fishing and taking pictures. Fishing wasn’t as good as is normal due to the drop in the water but the lawn chair racing was outstanding..