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Wildlife Refuge - Fish Hatchery - Wildlife Retreat
Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1985, Banks Lake has more than 4,000 acres of freshwater wetland made up of open water, marsh, hardwood swamp and uplands. Free admission. Amenities: Parking, Public Restrooms, Accessibility for mobility-impaired - Phone: 229-482-3453 – Address: US Hwy 221, Lakeland Georgia 31635
Bowens Mill Fish Hatchery and District Office - Tours of this state fish hatchery include bluegill, red-ear sunfish, channel catfish and largemouth bass. Mon.-Fri. 8a.m.-4:30p.m. Guided tours by reservation. Free admission. Amenities: Parking, Public Restrooms, Accessibility for mobility-impaired. Phone: 229-426-5272 - Address: 1773A Bowens Mill Hwy. (US Hwy 129), Fitzgerald Georgia31750
Cypress Tree Wildlife Retreat - Land between the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers has abundant wildlife-deer, ducks, doves, quail and other small game. The retreat includes a 40 acre springfed lake with moss-laden cypress trees, native flora, egrets, cranes, and other "swamp" birds along with bass, bream, crappie, and jackfish. The hundred-year-old lodge furnished with antiques provides all the amenities of home. Call for hours. Free. Amenities: Parking, Public Restrooms, Food. Phone: 229-758-5390 – Address: GA Hwy.200, Blakely Georgia 39837 - Directions: Located off US Hwy 27 on GA Hwy 200, six miles east of Blakely GA.
Lake & Boat Landing
Lake Walter F. George/ US Army Corps of Engineers and Visitors Center offers boating, fishing, skiing and camping. Visitors center open Mon.-Fri. 8a.m.-4:30p.m., Sat.-Sun. 9:30a.m.-6p.m. Weekends during summer. Call for tours. Free. Amenities: Parking, Public Restrooms, Accessibility for mobility-impaired Phone: 229-768-2516 and 866-772-9542 - Address: Off GA Hwy 39, Fort Gaines Georgia 39851
Arboretum & Nature Trail
Coastal Plain Research Arboretum encompasses 38 acres of forest and wetlands and provides a living resource for research and education. Daily. Guided tours by reservation. Free. Amenities: Parking, Public Restrooms, Accessibility for mobility-impaired
Phone: 229-386-3811 – Address: S. Entomology Dr., Tifton Georgia 31794
Robert Simpson Nature Trail area is a pristine environment with abundant plant life, natural bogs and fishing opportunities on Lake Irma. The Robert Simpson III Nature Trail was dedicated in August 2001 in Lakeland, Georgia in recognition of the contributions made by the late Robert Simpson to the community and across the state. Mr. Simpson was a farmer and local businessman who frequently served his community. Prior to his death, Mr. Simpson initiated plans to develop the 75 acre tract as a multi-purpose park to provide environmental and conservation education to schools, the community, and tourists.

The trail is located within the city limits of Lakeland and is immediately downstream from Lake Irma, another public area. The nearly pristine bottomland site has mixed pine and hardwood species, many which are well over 100 years old and a diverse under story. The project is a result of the joint efforts of many individuals, groups, and local state and federal agencies. Funding for the project was approved from several grant proposals developed by Seven Rivers RC&D, the local NRCS staff, and the South Georgia RDC, as well as individual and business contributions. Daily dawn-dusk. Admission is Free. Amenities: Parking. Phone: 229-482-9755 – Address: N Temple St., Lakeland Georgia 31635
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Outdoor Walking & Driving Tours
Coheelee Creek Covered Bridge in Blakely was built in 1891. Also known as McDonald's Ford Bridge. Not open to traffic. Phone: 229-723-3741 - Directions: From Columbus, go 89 miles south to Blakely and then 9 miles southwest off Hwy. 62. In the Plantation Trace tourist region. Covered bridge info, pictures and map.
Donalsonville Murals - Local artist Earl Burke depicts town history in two murals. “The Local Depot” can be found on Lions Hall, and “Farming of Yesterday” on Seminole Auto Parts. Two murals, Farming of Yesterday and The Local Depot, depict Donalsonville history. The murals are the work of Earl Burke, a local Donalsonville artist. Phone: 229-524-2588 - Address: 105 S Tennille & S Wiley Sts., Donalsonville Georgia 39845
Evergreen Cemetery is the burial site of the oldest Confederate veteran in Georgia, General Sherman’s drummer boy and other Civil War legends. Open: Daily at 8 am - 5 pm. Self-guided tours. Amenities: Parking and Accessibility for mobility-impaired. Phone: 229-426-5033 and toll free 800-386-4642 - Address: Benjamin Hill Dr. E., Fitzgerald Georgia31750
Frontier Village - Located on a spectacular bluff above the Chattahoochee River, this site served as a frontier fort in 1814 and an Indian fort in 1836. Open: Daily. Free.
Amenities: Parking, Accessibility for mobility-impaired - Phone: 229-768-2248 – Address: Bluff St., Fort Gaines Georgia 39851
Fort Gaines Self-Guided Walking Tour - Audio guides and free brochures available at Clay County Library and George T. Bagby State Park. See the Fowler House, J.E. Coleman House, J.M. Coleman House, McRae House, The McAlister House, The Brown Cottage, The Walter Ray House, The Grimsley House, Frontier Village, The Bluff, Frontier Cemetery, The John Foster House, The Iron House, Police Dept./City Hall, The Coleman Opera House, Wayside Inn, The Brown House, The Dill House, The Coca-Cola Sign/Sutton's Corner Museum, The Grimsley House, The Sutlive House, The Courthouse and New Park Cemetery. Phone: 229-768-2248 - Address: Clay County Library, 208 Hancock St., Fort Gaines Georgia 39851
Millennium Murals - The town’s visual narrative, “We’ve Got a Story to Tell,” is composed of 11 murals painted by artist from all over the US. Phone: 229-758-2400 – Address: Town Square and throughout town, Colquitt Georgia 39837
Milltown Murals - The small city of Lakeland Georgia has recognized its history as Milltown, GA by having 23 murals painted along buildings in the downtown area. This Georgia the downtown area is worth a visit. These murals depict scenes of Milltown in 1925, the year this community was renamed Lakeland. Maps are available at the Chamber of Commerce - Phone: 229-482-9755 - Address: Main, Center, Murrell Sts. And Valdosta Hwy., Lakeland Georgia
Outpost Replica - The outpost, reconstructed between 1816 and 1830, was initially used to protect settlers from Creek and Seminole Indian attacks. Open: Daily. Free admission. Amenities: Parking and Accessibility for mobility-impaired - Phone: 229-768-2248 – Address: Commerce St, Fort Gaines Georgia 39851
Thomasville Black Heritage Trail Tour - Take a self-guided tour, with pictures and a clear map, of historical sites significant to Thomasville’s African-American history. Booklets available at the Visitors Center. Phone: 229-228-7977 and 866-577-3600 Address: 401 S. Broad St., Thomasville Georgia 31792
Thomasville Rose Garden - This handsome garden features more than 500 prize rosebushes. Free. Amenities: Parking, Accessibility for mobility-impaired. Phone: 229-227-7099 and toll free 866-577-3600 - Address: Smith Ave. and Covington Dr., Thomasville Georgia 31792
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