Nature-Based Attractions

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Nature-Based Attractions

Altamaha River (Appling/Tattnall)

Appling County maintains four landings on the Altamaha River for public use, as well as Falling Rocks Park, a 26-acre park located across the street from the Altamaha River (old Deen's Landing). The park has been renovated to include restrooms, one picnic shelter, and a double boat ramp.
Explore the Altamaha Canoe Trail, home to more than 130 rare or endangered species


Satilla River (Appling, Brantley, Pierce)

The Satilla River is a true backwater stream, born in the river swamps of the coastal plain, and flowing 206 winding miles before emptying into the St. Andrew Sound on the Georgia coast. Adding to the Satilla's beauty are the adjoining swamplands and bottomland forests that buffer the course of the river that winds between white sand banks.

The novice canoeist feels comfortable on the Satilla. Camping can be excellent on small beaches found on the inside turns of the river, or on the higher bluffs that rise to 50 feet above the river in the upper reaches eight feet in the lower reaches. As the river approaches the lower reaches, it broadens and loses its canopy of trees. Below US 17 (at Woodbine, Georgia), the river widens and becomes tidally influenced, and the surrounding vegetation consists of marshland flora.

Guido Gardens (Metter)
  Guido Gardens is associated with the Guido Evangelistic Association in Metter, Georgia. Guido Gardens is a fully developed, three-acre, nature-oriented asset with footpaths, waterfalls, fountains, brooks, gazebos, music, and a 24-hour prayer chapel. In December, the gardens are decorated with nearly 1 million Christmas lights attracting an average nightly crowd of about 1,000 people. The site is adjacent to Sower Studios, site of worldwide Christian broadcasts by Michael A. Guido, President of the association. The gardens are open daily and admission is free.

Phone: 912-685-2222
600 N. Lewis Street

Wiregrass Trail (Candler, Tattnall)
  The Wiregrass Trail runs through Candler and Tattnall counties along Georgia State Route 57. Coursing west to east, it is named after wiregrass. A plant native to Georgia's pine-bearing region - The route is billed as a scenic route to the coast


Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (Charlton)

The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1937 to preserve the Okefenokee Swamp. The refuge includes approximately 396,000 acres, (about 650 square miles), almost 90 percent of which have increased protection as a National Wilderness Area. The swamp, which extends 38 miles north to south and 25 miles east to west, remains one of the most well- preserved freshwater areas in America.

Visitors find ample opportunities for recreation in the refuge, including fishing, boating, canoeing, birding, and wildlife photography. They can also bike or drive a 9-mile paved road that follows the edge of the swamp. Visitors can also find endagered red-cockaded woodpeckers, cranes, robins hawks, owls, and bald eagles. The refuge is open year round


Magnolia Springs State Park (Millen)

1053 Magnolia Springs Drive, Millen
Phone: 478.982.1660

Visit Magnolia Springs State Park and enjoy the amenities that this historic park offers. Trails, picnic areas, group shelters, pool and the historic remains of Camp Lawton, a Civil War prison camp are just a few of the highlights of this park. There are fully equipped cottages, RV and tent camping available.

George L. Smith State Park (Twin City)

371 George L. Smith Park Road, Twin City
Phone: 478.763.2759

Come enjoy this historic state park that features a covered bridge, grist mill, lake for canoeing and kayaking and much more. Cottage and camping available.

Mill Pond Kayak (Twin City)

PO Box 576, Twin City
Phone: 478.299.6616

Mill Pond Kayak will take care of everything you need to enjoy a day on Parrish Pond at George L. Smith State Park. Guided tours give you a chance to see the things you might miss while enjoying the beauty of the lake filled with cypress trees and Spanish moss.



Scene on the
Woodpecker Trail

Metter West Broad Street