It was such a beautiful day here yesterday. There was no way to stay inside. The temperature was in the high 60’sâ€”almost 70 degrees, and everyone “out and about” was wearing tee shirts and definitely no sweaters. The above photo was taken at Watson’s Mill Bridge State Park, which is located near Athens. Four paws from the dogs on this trail even though it was short and had lots of tree roots. Chipley slipped on the rocks so be careful. When they are wet, they are like ice.
Watson’s Bridge is billed as one of the most picturesque state parks in Georgia, and this is probably correct. It contains the “longest covered bridge in the state, spanning 229 feet across the South Fork River.” The bridge was constructed in 1885 by Washington (W.W.) King, who was the son of freed slave and famous covered-bridge builder, Horace King. The bridge is supported by a town lattice truss system held firmly together with wooden pins. At one time, Georgia had more than 200 covered bridges but today, less than 20 remain.
The mill location was on the opposite side from where I was standing. There are several hiking trails and lots of places to picnic or just sit out in the sun and talk with family and friends.