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We are adding a new trail to our list. The Ocmulgee River Trail is a mixed use hiking, biking, and equestrian trail. It follows along the Ocmulgee River north from Juliette. It is divided in several sections. We will be doing about 6 miles in the 1099 section which is right off of GA Hwy 83. Trail info. https://reconjasper.com/ Your phone's interpretation of the meeting location may not get you to the correct location. Directions (from I-75 Riverside Drive Exit in Macon): 1.) N on Riverside drive (GA hwy 87/23). 2.) Right onto GA Hwy 83, 3.) Left on Forest Road 1099 (1.9 miles from your last turn off of GA 87/23), 4.) Ocmulgee Flats Camp is 0.5 miles on left. Look for a Google maps pin drop in the comments section for the exact meeting location.
Piedmont NWR was established in 1939 as a "combination wildlife and game-management demonstration area" to demonstrate that wildlife could be restored on worn out, eroded lands. The vast forest which reigned supreme for eons had been cleared by European settlers in the early 1800's. Cotton became king and farming robbed the soil of its natural fertility. The loss of forest, with its soil stabilizing root system, led to massive erosion problems. The Civil War, the boll weevil and the Great Depression combined to cause large scale abandonment during the Dust Bowl Era. Few wildlife species and sparce timber remained in the early 1900's. Today, through the efforts of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the 35,000 acre wildlife refuge is once again a forest. It hosts loblolly pines on the ridges with hardwoods found along creek bottoms an in scattered upland coves. Clear streams and beaver ponds provide ideal wetlands for migrating waterfowl. Wildlife populations have been restored, many in greater numbers than when settlers first arrived. Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge now serves as a model forest ecosystem management for wildlife. There are many reminders of the homes and settlers that once were scattered throughout the area on the Refuge. So let's go check it out! Dogs are allowed if they're on a leash.
Location: Gravel Parking Lot outside of the Nature Center. DO NOT enter the Nature Center drive.. We will hike a portion of the Hike/Bike Trail then over to Indian Springs SP. 10 miles. Fast pace(to get the miles in) This is a very easy hike. Bring the family.
Hike the SORBA trails at Arrowhead Park. The yellow trail is 4.5 miles and the red trail is 7 miles. We will do the RED TRAIL (7 Miles). 99% of the trail is through the woods and along the lake shore. The park is a forgotten gem in the Macon area. Park Map can be found under the "more" tab above. (this is Not available on the mobile App.) Fee: There is a $ 5 per vehicle entry fee to this park. Terrain: Intermediate. Mostly flat with a few short up hills. Length: 7 miles. Pace: 3 mph. Duration: 2.5 hours.