FLORENCE MARINA STATE PARK
Situated at the northern end of 45,000-acre Lake Walter F. George, this quiet park offers the perfect setting for those who love water sports. It is adjacent to a natural deep-water marina with an accessible deep-water fishing pier, boat slips and boat ramp. Birders are sure to see herons and egrets, and possibly bald eagles. The park?s Kirbo Interpretive Center teaches visitors about Native Americans, nature and local history, and it displays snakes, turtles, fish and artifacts from the prehistoric Paleo-Indian period through the early 20th century. Ten miles southeast is Providence Canyon State Park, known as Georgia's Little Grand Canyon, with hiking trails and a visitor center.
Located in Omaha, Georgia, the park was established in 1971. It covers over 173 acres and borders Lake Eufaula. The area is known for its rich biodiversity with various species of plants and animals. Its proximity to Kolomoki Mounds State Park makes it a popular destination among history enthusiasts as well.
- Tent Camping: Florence Marina State Park offers 41 tent, trailer and RV campsites.
- Pioneer Campground: A primitive camping area is available for groups.
- Cottages Rental: The park has seven fully-equipped cottages.
- Yurt Accommodation: There are two yurts that can be rented by campers.
The park offers a variety of boating options for visitors. There is a 66-slip marina where guests can dock their own boats, as well as boat rentals available including jon boats, kayaks and canoes. A private fishing pond with pedal-boat rental option also exists within the park boundaries. For those interested in guided tours or larger group outings on the water, there are pontoon boat tours that explore Lake Walter F George.
Visitors can enjoy fishing in the 45,000-acre Lake Walter F. George for species like bass and crappie. Catfish are also abundant here along with bream, making it a popular spot among anglers. Fishing boats rentals are available on-site to enhance your experience.
Florence Marina State Park is located near Eufaula, Columbus
Florence Marina State Park offers picnic shelters, tables and grills for visitors. It's perfect for family gatherings or quiet lunches.
- Nature Trail: A 3/4 mile loop trail that winds through a hardwood forest, offering views of diverse plant and wildlife species.
- Turtle Cove Trail: This is an easy half-mile hike along the shoreline with opportunities to spot turtles sunning on logs.
- Big Oak Tree Loop: An approximately one-mile long trail featuring Georgia's largest Southern Red Oak tree; perfect for bird watching enthusiasts.
- Blue Heron Nature Walkway: A short boardwalk path leading you directly into wetland habitats where herons are commonly sighted. Length unknown but considered relatively brief in duration.
- Marina Overlook Pathway: Offers panoramic views over Florence Marina from various vantage points - length not specified by park officials but it's a quick walk suitable even for children or those less mobile.
- Swamp Boardwalks Trails: These trails take hikers deep into cypress swamps providing unique perspectives of swamp flora and fauna - lengths vary depending upon chosen route.
- Camellia Interpretive Garden Stroll: Not exactly a hiking trail, this stroll takes visitors around beautifully manicured gardens showcasing different varieties of Camellias - distance covered depends entirely on visitor interest level as there isn't any set pathway here.
The park offers birdwatching opportunities with a variety of species, including waterfowl and songbirds. Bird checklists are available.
- Pets must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet at all times.
- Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets and disposing of waste in designated areas.
- Pets should not be left unattended outdoors or inside vehicles, especially during extreme weather conditions.
- Noisy, vicious, dangerous or intimidating pets will not be tolerated within the park premises.
- All pet vaccinations need to remain current as per Georgia state law requirements.
- Certain facilities like swimming pools and indoor buildings do not permit entry to any kind of pet.
Directions from Atlanta, Georgia:
- Start on I-85 S.
- Take exit 21 for I185 toward Columbus.
- Merge onto US27S/I185S.
From Birmingham, Alabama:
- Get on to the I20E/US78 E ramp towards Atlanta.
- Follow signs and merge with GA219 N/Lee Road 249.
From Savannah, Georgia:
- Begin by getting onto i16 W from MLK Jr Blvd
- Continue until you reach Exit 1B for Interstate75N