George L. Smith State Park is located in eastern Georgia about one hundred miles west of the Georgia coast. Aside from the large campsite on the western side of the park, much of George L. Smith is a 412 acre lake. The lake, however, is not an ordinary lake-it’s covered in cypress trees. There are several places to take in the lake views from the shore. As you cast your eyes across the lake, groves of cypress trees spring out of the water, sometimes in small groups, other times in great number. When the water surrounding the cypress trees is still, a mirror image of the trees appears, lending a sense of tranquillity and symmetry to the lake. If you’d like to explore the lake up close, visitors can rent canoes and boats and paddle to the opposite shore, winding their way through the trees in the lake. If you don’t want to get on the water, there are a few miles of hiking and biking trails.
George L. Smith is also the home to an old gristmill, saw mill, covered bridge, and dam. Visitors can walk through these old buildings to look at the implements, with well-placed signs explaining how the mill worked. The covered bridge is a romantic touch and offers more great views of the cypress trees and the creek on the other side of the bridge which gave birth to the mill. George L. Smith is one of the best state parks in Georgia that we have visited. It offered stunning views, yet offered peace and relaxation. It might take a bit of time to get to the park, but your trip will be well worth it.