• Brian Childress

Grassy Pond Recreational Area - Lake Park, Georgia

Updated: Sep 9

This recreational park is operated by the United States Air Force and is open to both military and civilians. There is no requirement to be active, former, or retired military to visit this park. The park is located approximately 5 miles from the Georgia/Florida State line at Exit 5 from Interstate 75. The park entry fee is $4 per day.

The park offers several great activities and amenities to include a very nice pond, boating to include fishing boats, canoes, and kayaks, pedal boats, a boat launch ramp, fishing, hiking trails at approximately 6 miles total, average trails with boardwalks, RV locations with hookups, playground equipment, rental pavilions and cabins, and picnic areas.

Wildlife to expect include deer, raccoons, birds, turtles, alligators and snakes. We’ve mostly seen black snakes.

Our experience: well worth the visit and overall a clean park. The hiking trails are often overgrown but the management have done some limited work to clear them.

There is a one mile loop trail around a small pond across the road from the larger Grassy Pond. This trail has some lovely old oaks and lots of Spanish Moss.

A longer trail almost circumnavigates Grassy Pond. The farthest section is on private land. It was previously open to hikers but people didn’t respect his property so he fenced it off. We hike out and back on both sections of this trail. One advantage to this route is that you will pass the clubhouse twice and can refill a water bottle or buy some snacks. And there are restrooms.

Trail is about 1.5 miles one-way on each side or 6 miles total out-n-back then out-n-back on the other side. On the trail to the right of the campground there is a very long and well maintained boardwalk.

The only negative we have encountered is that the trails are often grassy and ticks are often picked up even when we spray our ankles. And sometimes there are drooping branches or the occasional downed tree and we thread our way through and inevitably pick up ticks. Bring a can of bug spray and use it liberally!

Park location and contact:

Address: 5360 Grassy Pond Rd, Lake Park, GA 31636

Phone: (229) 559-5840

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