General Coffee State Park
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Introduction

Lovely 1,511-acre General Coffee State park is known for its agricultural history and contribution to the support of endangered wildlife. Guests to the park will take a step back in time at Heritage Farm. Here they will delight at the sight of log cabins, a corn crib, a tobacco barn, and a cane mill. Kids will love feeding the park's friendly farm animals. The farm at General Coffee State Park offers the opportunity to feed and play with goats, sheep, chickens, donkeys, and pigs.

Those who visit General Coffee State Park will find a variety of lodging options. Lodging options include camping, with accommodation for RV’s up to 50-feet in length, cottages, and the Burnham House. Guests to the Burnham house will find an elegantly appointed 19th-century cabin ideal for romantic getaways.

Lovely General Coffee State park is host to many rare and endangered species in the cypress swamps surrounding Seventeen Mile River. Meander along Seventeen-Mile River and a boardwalk. Find rare and endangered plants as well as engaging wildlife as you wind their way through the swamp. Expect to see pitcher plants, shy indigo snakes and gopher tortoises making their homes in this wiregrass community.

If you have an interest in horseback riding, you will find over 13-miles of equestrian trails. There are also ride-in campsites within the park. Note that these are primitive, with no hook ups. You can experience an exceptional level of privacy surrounded by nature here. Those preferring drive-in campsites will find that these offer nearby water spigots, pit toilets, grills, fire rings and picnic tables. Stables are not provided at the park.

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Driving

The park's address is:

GENERAL COFFEE STATE PARK
46 JOHN COFFEE ROAD
NICHOLLS, GA 31554

Guests to General Coffee State Park will easily locate the park off of GA Hwy 32. The park is located approximately half an hour west of Alma, Ga. Guests to the park will be traveling through farm land. They will see Danny Kirkland Rd on their right just before the turn into the park. Make a right turn onto John Coffee Rd and continue into the park.

Those traveling from the West will find the park six miles East of Douglas on Georgia Hwy 32. Make a left turn onto John Coffee Rd just past El Curtis Rd.

Parking

Visitors to General Coffee State Park will find parking at several spots within the park. Parking is available at the entrance to the park and within the campground as well. Those traveling with their horses will find parking for horse trailers near picnic shelter number seven.

Public Transport

There is no access to public transportation within the park.

Campgrounds and parking in General Coffee State Park

Campsites in General Coffee State Park

Reservations camping

General Coffee State Park Campground

Lovely 1,511-acre wooded General Coffee State Park is renowned for the rich agricultural history and historic sites located throughout the park. The park offers guests a variety of outdoor activities. The park maintains beautiful multi-use trails and multiple equestrian trails. General Coffee State Park is home to the Seventeen-Mile River and a unique cypress swamp. Guest to the park can enjoy fishing on the river and 4-acre lake. The park also offers guests a variety of lodging options. The park maintains a campground with 50 tent/trailer/RV campsites, 10 equestrian campsites, primitive sites and group camping. There are also cottages to rent here.

The park can accommodate RV’s up to 50-feet in length. There are flush toilets, hot showers and a Dump-station at the campground. Each campsite has a table, fire ring and grill. The park has: BBQ grills, a camp store, campsite tables, drinking water, a dump station, equestrian facilities, fire rings, restrooms with flush toilets, hot showers, and a visitors center. Pets are welcome at the campground.

First-come first-served

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Seasonal activities in General Coffee State Park

In-Season

Broxton Rocks

Guests to General Coffee State Park that just can’t get enough of the great outdoors will fall in love with Broxton Rocks. Broxton Rocks is a 1,650-acre preserve touting a roaring waterfall, cave-like crevices, and stunning 30-foot-high cliffs. Guests to the preserve will see ample plant life. Guests to the preserve can see green-fly orchids perched in the trees and clinging to the rock walls.

Not just another pretty face, Broxton Rocks has a place in history as well. There is evidence of ancient cultures enjoying this space. Evidence of Paleo-Indian people and early European settlers remains at the preserve. Residents of the area continue to gather at what is often referred to as the “falling waters,” to carry on a century-old tradition.

The preserve is open June to August and by appointment year round.

Heritage Farm

Guests to General Coffee State Park with children or an interest in history and agriculture will enjoy Heritage Farm. The farm offers guests a peek back into history. There is an Interpretive walk looped half-mile walk around the pond located at the General Coffee State Park’s award-winning Heritage Farm. Learn about the terrain, native wildlife, flora and fauna as they wind their way through the interpretive stations along the trail. This walk is also very popular with birding watchers as a variety of songbirds and water fowl are easily spotted in this area.

There is a children’s camp offered at Heritage Farm in the summer time. The camp offers children the opportunity to engage in activities that would have been part of their every day life on a Georgia farm in the late 1800’s Children are invited to participate in gardening, candle making, soap making, and cooking. The camp is open to children ages nine to fourteen.

Horseback Riding

Guests to General Coffee State Park with an interest in Horseback riding will enjoy the miles of equestrian trails available within his lovely wooded space. Over 12 miles (one-way) of horse trails wind along the eastern side of the park.

Guests will enjoy the variety of terrain available within General Coffee State Park. The park offers sandhill areas that were clear-cut in the early 1970s. This space has re-grown as a mixed oak forest. Guests will find small sections of this area being used to study various sandhill restoration techniques. The upper sandhill areas are a mix of oaks and mature longleaf pine. The park also has a scrub area toward the back of the park. This is a unique ecosystem. Guests will find that the trail crosses several drainage areas and travels along the edge of the Seventeen Mile River and Otter Creek for several miles. Guests can expect to see native wildlife such as whitetail deer, wild turkey, gopher tortoise, and many types of songbirds as they wind their way along this trail.

Guest with horse trailers will find parking available at picnic shelter #7. Riders must check in at the park office before proceeding to the trail area. A small fee is charged for use of horse trails. Proof of negative Coggins test is required on all horses.

Off-Season

Geocaching

Guests to General Coffee State Park with an interest in geocaching will be happy to hear that this park is part of the Georgia State Park GeoTour. For guests new to geocaching, the activity is a modern twist to treasure hunting. Geocache hunters use hand help GPS devices or apps on their phones to locate small caches. Hunters log their information in a log book at the cache site and are invited to swap small trinkets that are left within the cache. Many geocachers leave trinkets associated with their home town or the theme of their geocaching team.

The General Coffee State Park geocache is easy to find and is in a easy to reach location. The cache is located at Coordinates: N 31º 30.947' W 082° 45.576'

WW II Flight Training Museum

Guests to General Coffee State Park with an interest in history will find the World War II Flight Training Museum of interest. The museum is on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum was a part of South Georgia College’s pilot training program. The 63rd Army Air Forces Contract Pilot School was established in response to the demand for pilots during World War II. Its operation was run by a civilian company and it was overseen by the Army Air Force. The base and cadets enrolled in the school were designated as the 63rd Army Air Forces Flying Training Detachment. Between 5,000 and 10,000 cadets were enrolled here between the years of 1941 to 1944. Cadet classes lasted for approximately nine weeks. One of the highlights of the museum is the instructors’ barracks. The barracks now houses exhibits on the soldiers, their training, and the facilities here in Georgia.

Hiking

General Coffee State Park has no shortage of hiking trails to keep you busy. Some of the trails available are:

East River Trail:

The East River Trail begins on the west side of the Seventeen Mile River near picnic shelters #5 and #6. The trail guides you along a half-mile long boardwalk over the river. You can easily catch a view of wading birds and river otters here during the wet season. You may also expect to see deer and raccoon here during the dry season.

West River Trail:

One and a half-mile West River Trail, beginning near picnic shelter #4, is the oldest trail on the park. This trail travels along the western edge of the Seventeen Mile River. Guests will cross several drainage areas along this trail as wet weather creeks feed into the river. This trail bed is relatively compacted and easy to walk. However, guests should be aware that the trail can is narrow in places and exposed tree roots can be a hazard. This trail is situated in what is known as the ecotone, or boundary zone between two distinct habitats. So, guests choosing this trail will experience two habitats. They will see the river on one side of the trail and upland pine forest along the other side. Guests will find a stunning view of native wildflowers here in the spring and fall.

Gopher Loop:

Gopher Loop Trail is a one and a half-mile loop trail leading guests into the sandhill management area of the park. Note that this is the driest area in the park. This trail can be very hot in summer months. Be sure to travel this trail with water and a hat in the heat. Choosing this trail gives the best opportunity to see the protected Gopher Tortoise and the threatened Indigo Snake.

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