Florence Marina State Park

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Florence Marina State Park
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Florence Marina State Park
Map showing the location of Florence Marina State Park
Map showing the location of Florence Marina State Park
Location of Florence Marina State Park in Georgia
Location Stewart County, Georgia, USA
Nearest city Omaha, Georgia
Coordinates 32°05′27″N 85°02′36″W / 32.0908°N 85.04333°W / 32.0908; -85.04333Coordinates: 32°05′27″N 85°02′36″W / 32.0908°N 85.04333°W / 32.0908; -85.04333
Area 173 acres (0.70 km2; 0.27 sq mi)
Governing body Georgia State Park

Florence Marina State Park is a 173 acre (0.70 km²) Georgia state park located near Omaha on the eastern shore of Walter F. George Lake. The park is known for its deep-water marina and its water recreation sports, such as fishing and waterskiing. The park also attracts bird-watchers with the chance of seeing herons, egrets, and possibly bald eagles. The park is home to the Kirbo Interpretive Center, which teaches visitors about Native Americans and displays snakes, turtles, fish, and other artifacts from prehistoric times to the early 20th century. Located just 10 miles (16.09 km) southeast of the park is Providence Canyon State Park.

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Located on this site was the frontier town of Florence, which was incorporated on December 14, 1837 after the Creek Indians burned the nearby town of Roanoke in 1836. Florence was originally named Liverpool after the English port city. For many years the town flourished and could boast of a covered bridge linking it to Alabama, a newspaper, bank and hotel. Florence began to decline after the flood of 1846 washed away the bridge and the town was later bypassed by the railroad. The town site is now occupied by a few scattered homes, farmland and Florence Marina State Park which takes its name form the former community.[1]

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