At the southernmost tip of Georgia, just a whisper from the Atlantic Ocean, there rests 504 acres of Camden County land called Crooked River State Park. It’s only an hour north of Jacksonville Beach, a couple miles west of Cumberland Island, and just under two hours south of Savannah. This park is home to rare Georgia landscapes such as longleaf pine, mixed hardwood trees, and maritime woodlands. Due to its unique species of forests and the Crooked River itself, a variety of rare animals and plants live here.
Crooked River State Park has a long history of residents dating back to the Timucuan natives. Its ownership changed hands throughout the young history of the country, eventually landing under the protection of the state of Georgia and opened to the public in 1947.
Anyone camping at Crooked River State Park will get to enjoy watersports like fishing, swimming, and boating on the Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail. Campers also get to traverse four different trails that boast amazing sightseeing for rare birds and other delta-dwelling wildlife. Rent an RV in Camden County and see what Crooked River State Park is all about.
Motorhome campers at Crooked River have a great place to do a bit of fishing along the Fancy Bluff Creek. Anglers have been known to catch trout, bass, and bluegill here. Throw on some sunscreen, grab your pole, and get to the creek and give yourself that relaxing fishing experience you know you deserve.
If you’re planning to do some boating, make sure to bring a private boat. Crooked River State Park is at the southern tip of the Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail. There are three private boat docks to park your boat when it’s time. Make sure to read the rules and regulations related to paddling in these waters. Keep an eye on the weather and be aware of your surroundings. There's a fee for kayakers over the age of 16.
Did you bring your hunting equipment? At Crooked River, hunters go on managed hunts between mid-October and late January. Try your shot at some wild hogs or deer. Modern weapons like .22 Calibers, rifles, and shotguns are prohibited, but archery and primitive weapons are welcome. Refresh yourself on the park and state’s rules on this activity to ensure the safety of your party and anyone else in the area.
Camping at Crooked River State Park
Crooked River State Park campers can choose from one of 63 campsites. Each site comes with water hookups and high-powered electrical hookups that range from 50 to 100 amps. Premium sites feature full hookups. Certain sites can accommodate RV campers up to 130 feet long, and some come equipped with a fire ring and a picnic table. Most sites are back-in and some are pull-through. Some sites are ADA-accessible, so book yours ahead of time to make sure you get the site that’s best for you.
This place has many creature comforts to make the transition to outdoor living a bit easier. Amenities include a coin-operated laundry, dump station, picnic tables, hot showers, restrooms, and even cable hookups. After a long day of exploring the wilderness, you can relax behind the TV and catch up on your favorite shows or surf the web on the Wi-Fi. RV campers at Crooked River State Park also have a nature center to visit, a miniature golf course to putt around at, and a gift shop to take a piece of this memory home with them.
Exploring the Area
One of the biggest tourist destinations in Florida would have to be the Jacksonville Beach Pier. This fully refurbished pier reaches one-quarter of a mile out into the Atlantic and is a very popular fishing spot. This gorgeous shoreline is lined with nightclubs, cocktail bars, nice restaurants, and shops. According to Florida state law, no Florida Saltwater License is required for angling here. Only an hour from Crooked River, this is a must-see if you're looking to enjoy some fun in the sun.
Cumberland Island is just a stone’s throw from the park. This island has a rich history and some fascinating natural landscapes. The Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum is where you can learn all about this 9,800-acre patch of Georgia that's been continually shaped by nature and changed inhabitants multiple times over its history. Check out the exhibits on the island’s earlier native settlers, then learn about the European colonization and the French invasion that followed. If you’re a history buff, you must make the ferry trip to see this museum.
If you feel like making the drive north, Savannah is a breathtakingly lovely city with a thriving historic district. Its planned, grid-like layout makes it easy to find your way around. While exploring the city, you'll discover statues, gardens, and plaques with information about the vibrant culture and history associated with the area. You'll find many art galleries, bars, cafes, and shops along the strip. Make sure to head to the docks to see the busy and beautiful riverfront.
I-95 is under 15 minutes from the park, and there are many gas stations on either side of the on-ramp. Once your tank is full, I-95 can take you as far north as the Maine/Canada boarder or as far south as Miami, Florida.