A Georgia treasure lost. Sprewell Bluff State Park is no more.

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Richard Weisser Realty

A Georgia treasure lost. Sprewell Bluff State Park is no more.In the face of declining revenues, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources has decommissioned Sprewell Bluff State Park near Thomaston Georgia.

Although the property is still owned by the state there will no longer be any park facilities maintained by the state.

It is sad that the preservation of the natural legacy of Georgia is no longer a priority.

Although politicians claim to promote green solutions to environmental issues, they stand idly by as these treasures are lost one by one.

Perhaps Mother Nature should have placed these wonders closer to densely populated areas so there would have been more objections to closing the park.

But now it would all be all too little too late.

Sprewell Bluff State Park. Gone but not forgotten.

Note: Although no longer a state park the recreation area is now maintained by Upson County. There is a daily parking fee.

Comments (23)

Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Good morning Richard,

How sad...I can't help but believe that if the budget was properly gone through they would have found enough in wasteful spending to have saved this public treasure.

Aug 13, 2012 09:27 PM
Bobbie Smith
Stroudsburg, PA
570-242-1891

This is very sad. How can a state just close a state park? A darn shame.

Aug 13, 2012 09:38 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Richard, Parks are not what states need to be cutting. You are probably right that it wasn't near enough to the populace to get the attention it needed to survive the cuts.

Debbie

Aug 13, 2012 09:52 PM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Richard, this is a shame...citizens in the area need to rise up and start a fund to support the park ...you do not want it lost because of funding for the future generations.

Aug 13, 2012 09:54 PM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Tightening the budget requires sacrifice by all. Fortunately this will remain a wildlife management area.

Aug 13, 2012 10:33 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

that is sad.  I hope someday there will be enough voices and donations to bring it back to park status.

Aug 13, 2012 10:44 PM
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

That is bad news. .unfortunately many communities in the US are having the same tough choices. .

Aug 13, 2012 11:50 PM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

Lenn...

Citizens will still have access to these public lands, but there will be no facility maintenance, and no ranger oversight.

Going to these remote places without law enforcement can be risky.

State Parks also prohibit hunting, making them safe for family excursions. GA State parks charge a daily use fee, or citizens may purchase an annual pass.

My preference is to be a Friend of GA State Parks and support the parks both financially and with volunteer service.

Aug 14, 2012 12:00 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Richard,

This is really sad.  It looks like a beautiful place to spend some quiet time. Unfortunately, I don't think Sprewell Bluff State Park is alone!

Aug 14, 2012 01:53 AM
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

WE fight every year to keep our parks open.  So far we have been fairly lucky.

Aug 14, 2012 07:23 AM
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Wow Richard, I totally hate that. Couple of years ago they threatened to close some of our state parks. Thankfully they found the money somewhere to not let that happen.

Aug 14, 2012 07:41 AM
Greg Miller
Ruoff Home Mortgage - Sarasota, FL
Florida Home Loans - Conventional,FHA,USDA,VA

Sad (but familiar) sign of the times when we can't allocate funds to places like this, bridges, infrastructure & such but we always read & hear how a billion dollars here & a billion there was wasted by our government.

Aug 14, 2012 09:19 PM
Anonymous
Richard Williams
Article is not accurate. You can still go and visit Sprewell Bluff. Its maintained by the city of Thomaston now.
Jun 01, 2014 07:03 PM
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Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

Richard...

It was accurate at the time it was written but I will modify it to make it more relevant! Thanks for the input.

Jun 01, 2014 09:27 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Richard,

Sad but true..many parks are being abandon because politicians are allocating funds for other issues. Glad to hear another city picked up the maintenance  maybe what will need to be done for other parks.

Jun 01, 2014 10:35 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Richard. So very sad. I was close to tears as I read this. Too bad indeed.

Jun 01, 2014 10:53 PM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Sorry to hear about this loss. Thanks for the information.

Jun 02, 2014 02:42 AM
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Interesting...Minnesota has expanded it's parks and included a new 50,000 acre park up ion Northern part of the state

Jun 02, 2014 11:33 AM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

The parks don't vote...so they get cut. That is the unfortunate reality!

Jun 07, 2014 01:11 AM
Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Richard, very sad indeed. It is good that the county took up the slack, but boy does that speak volumes.

I wonder when some of our parks here in CT will get the heave. 

Jun 07, 2014 09:21 AM