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Georgia's Colonial Coast Birding Trail

Crooked River State Park

Description: This 500-acre state park is located on the banks of Crooked River. The area is blanketed with several habitats including pine flatwoods, salt marsh and maritime forest.

Types of Birds: Birds of prey, shorebirds, wading birds, songbirds, waterfowl

Best Birding Seasons: Birds of prey (all), shorebirds (fall and winter), songbirds (all), wading birds (all), waterfowl (winter)

Specialties: Osprey, bald eagle, wood stork, painted bunting

Tips: Look for warblers during spring and fall migration. Look for nesting osprey in spring and summer. Look for migrating shorebirds in early to mid-summer. Watch for mergansers and other ducks in Crooked River. Listen and watch for painted buntings in spring and summer.

Fee: $5 per vehicle daily parking fee or $45 annual ParkPass.

Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.

Telephone: (912) 882-5256

Fun Things to Do: Visit the tabby ruins of the McIntosh Sugar Works Mill, which was built around 1825. Listen for owls at sunset. Look for gopher tortoise burrows. Watch for armadillos and deer.

Directions: Take Exit 3 at the junction of I-95 and SR40. Follow SR 40 east to the junction of SR 40 Spur. Turn left on SR 40 Spur and travel north approximately two miles. The entrance to the park is on the right side of the road. Look for the brown state park signs. See the map.