wide thoroughfare, several local businesses, shops and restaurants that serve residents and visitors alike.
Generally laid out in a grid, St. Marys, Georgia has a number of historic homes, churches and quaint bed and breakfasts, that line the surprisingly wide streets. Annual festivals including Mardi Gras, Independence Day and Rock Shrimp Festival & Parade celebrate the area’s heritage and attract thousands.
The nearby Crooked River State Park is the perfect spot for enjoying the Intracoastal Waterway and maritime forest ecosystem. Campsites are surrounded by palmettos and oaks, while cottages are set near the tidal river. A boat ramp is popular with anglers who often take to the water before sunrise.
The park’s nature trail [Link to trail description] winds through forest and salt marsh, and hikers may see gopher tortoises, fiddler crabs, herons and other birds. A nature center features fish, snakes, turtles and other animals native to Coastal Georgia. Visitors may venture to the nearby ruins of a tabby mill, built around 1825 and later used as a starch factory during the Civil War.
While you’re in the area, don’t forget to visit o one or more sites along the Colonial Coast Birding Trail which provides visitors the opportunity to see and enjoy the beauty of a kaleidoscope of birds and glimpse the fascinating history of this land and its residents. Each site along the Colonial Coast Birding Trail is unique. Many sites offer visitors the opportunity to watch birds and visit 18th and 19th Century historic places. The numbers of birds found along the trail change with the rising and falling of the tides and with the passage of the seasons.
St. Marys is easily accessed from Exit 1 or Exit 3 off I-95, just north of the Georgia-Florida border.