Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Savannah-Ogeechee Barge Canal is a remnant of an extensive canal system that linked the Savannah and Ogeechee rivers during the 1800s. Today the area is a recreational facility that highlights the natural history of this rich floodplain forest while preserving historic relics from the once-thriving artery of commerce. Visitors can learn about the history of the canal and view remnants of canal locks as well as a replica gate and lock model. The property features 184 acres of river swamp, pine flatwoods and sandhill habitat with low-impact walking trails.
Prothonotary warbler, northern parula, Swainson's warbler, wood duck, Mississippi kite, swallow-tailed kite.
In spring and summer, look for prothonotary warblers and Swainson's warblers and watch the skies for Mississippi and swallow-tailed kites. Be prepared to deal with mosquitoes and other insects in the spring and summer.
Other Wildlife Highlights
Gopher tortoises, American alligators, butterflies, dragonflies, mayflies and banded water snakes. For flora highlights, take time at the gate kiosk to review a flora and fauna study of the site by the University of Georgia.
Best Birding Seasons
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