Costley Mill Park: A Beautiful Setting for a Walk

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Are you looking for a beautiful, natural setting with a simple walk? Heading to a local park is one of the most convenient ways to get outside. Whether you want to run a trail, take a walk, reflect or just enjoy the outdoors, Costley Mill Park in Conyers is a beautiful place. Just off Highway 138, it is convenient to get to. The 0.91-mile trail is easy, paved and scenic.

The Trail at Costley Mill Park

For the trail, start at the north end of the parking area, just past the playground. You will pass a building with a sign for a hotel. Then, quickly you will be able to immerse yourself in nature with the woods, birds, and gentle slopes. The red barn gives a picturesque setting where you can breathe in the fresh air while thinking back to a simpler time. You’ll pass other buildings, like the old moonshine still and hillside houses, which offer character and add interest to the environment.

As you head downhill, you will get some glimpses of the river. Bear right on a side trail to walk along the river where some lovely trees drape over the water. This is a dead end, so you will have to turn back. When you get back on track, you will head to the lake where you will the beach and the former mill area with the falls.

It’s got history!

The beach and mill ruins are the main attractions at Costley Mill Park. It is a beautiful area! Originally, the property was part of a larger settlement of Big Haynes Creek, which grew to include the first school, a gristmill, a sawmill, a planning mill, and a cotton gin. The mill survived General Sherman’s March to the Sea only to burn down in 1901, be rebuilt in 1904 and then burn down again in 1973.

After this tragedy, the property was privately used for years for events until Rockdale County purchased it in 1917. The property continues to be used for events as well as for public use.

Costley Mill Park is open year-round, although hours change from summer to winter. In the summer, the beach will open along with the general store. For now, it is a great place for some peace and tranquility. Learn more by visiting their website at