Crooked River State Park
1994 Crooked River Sunset (612001088).jpg
Sunset, Crooked River State Park
Crooked River State Park is located in Georgia
Crooked River State Park
Crooked River State Park is located in the United States
Crooked River State Park
TypePublic
LocationNear St. Marys, Georgia
Coordinates30°50′35″N 81°33′29″W / 30.84306°N 81.55806°W / 30.84306; -81.55806Coordinates: 30°50′35″N 81°33′29″W / 30.84306°N 81.55806°W / 30.84306; -81.55806
Area500 acres[1]
Operated byGeorgia Department of Natural Resources
WebsiteCrooked River

Crooked River State Park is a 500-acre (2.0 km2) Georgia state park located near St. Mary's on the south bank of the Crooked River, providing an excellent coastal setting. The park is dedicated to the preservation of its natural resources and public education. The park is near the ruins of the McIntosh Sugarworks, built around 1825 and used as a starch factory during the American Civil War. It is the closest state park to Cumberland Island National Seashore and it is adjacent to the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.[2]

History

The earliest residents of Crooked River State Park were the Guale and the Timucua Indians who were pushed out and moved southward in the 1700s. Once a Royal Land Grant, Crooked River State Park was confiscated at the end of the revolution and owned by Robert Montfort. In 1792 Alexander Elliot purchased the area of the park known today as Elliott’s Bluff. Records indicate in 1824 John H. McIntosh owned Mush Bluff, south of the park and Elliot’s Bluff. Evidence of this plantation era and earlier times remain on the park’s grounds including old bottles, planted pines,and oyster shell middens found along marsh edge on east side of park. The unofficial opening day of Crooked River State Park was March 27, 1947.[3]

Facilities

References

  1. ^ Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 54. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
  2. ^ "Crooked River State Park". State Parks & Historic Sites. 27 October 2016. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  3. ^ "History of Georgia State Parks" (PDF). Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites. Retrieved August 11, 2022.