Best Birding in Georgia

This list represents the most popular birding in Georgia. Use this list to plan your next Georgia birding trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Savannah River

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    Augusta, GA

    One of Georgia’s longest and largest rivers, the Savannah originates in Hart County in northeastern Georgia. Flowing southeast, the Savannah travels approximately 300 miles and drains an area ...
    •  5.2-188.5 miles
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    One of Georgia’s longest and largest rivers, the Savannah originates in Hart County in northeastern Georgia. Flowing southeast, ...

  • #2 Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area

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    Cumming, GA

    This area of Dawson Forest WMA is called the City of Atlanta tract. It is a large area of maturing second-growth forest near the Etowah River with many interesting breeding warblers and other ...
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    This area of Dawson Forest WMA is called the City of Atlanta tract. It is a large area of maturing second-growth forest near ...

  • #3 Oconee River

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    Watkinsville, GA

    The Oconee River is one of Georgia’s major rivers. More than 200 miles of river start south of Athens with the joining of the North and Middle Oconee Rivers. From Athens to Lake Oconee, the river ...
    •  2 days-2 weeks
    •  18.6-143.2 miles
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    The Oconee River is one of Georgia’s major rivers. More than 200 miles of river start south of Athens with the joining of ...

  • #4 Savannah-Ogeechee Canal

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    Savannah, GA

    This small park is an easy way to get into some prime floodplain habitat located just west of Interstate 95. A short, level trail offers easy birding down to the Ogeechee River and back, and ...
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    This small park is an easy way to get into some prime floodplain habitat located just west of Interstate 95. A short, level ...

  • #5 Augusta Levee

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    Augusta, GA

    This site is on a large levee along the Savannah River near Augusta, and it involves birding along the river for migrant passerines. A dirt road is birdable for about 3 miles along the river, ...
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    This site is on a large levee along the Savannah River near Augusta, and it involves birding along the river for migrant ...

  • #6 Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area: Cochran Shoals & Sope Creek Units

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    Atlanta, GA

    The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) is a series of sections along the Chattahoochee River near Atlanta that have been set aside for all kinds of recreation. It just so happens ...
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    The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) is a series of sections along the Chattahoochee River near Atlanta ...

  • #7 Savannah Lock and Dam

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    Augusta, GA

    The Savannah Lock and Dam is actually in Augusta, and gets its name from the Savannah River. This park is right on the river and is a great place to look for Mississippi Kites soaring over the ...
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    The Savannah Lock and Dam is actually in Augusta, and gets its name from the Savannah River. This park is right on the river ...

  • #8 Cumberland Island

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    Kingsland, GA

    Cumberland Island is Georgia’s largest barrier island, and a national seashore since 1972. There are a few remaining areas of private land, but most of it is national park. This is also one of ...
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    Cumberland Island is Georgia’s largest barrier island, and a national seashore since 1972. There are a few remaining areas ...

  • #9 Jekyll Island

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    Brunswick, GA

    This is one of the best birding spots in Georgia, worth visiting any time of year. The number of species that has been seen here is staggering, and includes rarities from almost every family. ...
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    This is one of the best birding spots in Georgia, worth visiting any time of year. The number of species that has been seen ...

  • #10 Pine Log Wildlife Management Area to Carter's Lake

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    Canton, GA

    This section is made up of several sites located along US 411 going north from Cartersville toward Chatsworth. The first is Pine Log WMA, with excellent spring and summer birding for migrants ...
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    This section is made up of several sites located along US 411 going north from Cartersville toward Chatsworth. The first ...

  • #11 Ebenezer Creek

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    Springfield, GA

    A blackwater tributary of the lower Savannah River, Ebenezer Creek boasts a rich history cast within a distinctly rare natural environment. This 13-mile run passes through ancient dwarf cypress ...
    •  7 hours
    •  13.5 miles
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    A blackwater tributary of the lower Savannah River, Ebenezer Creek boasts a rich history cast within a distinctly rare natural ...

  • #12 Sweetwater Creek State Park

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    Atlanta, GA

    The lake at Sweetwater Creek is large and fairly deep; it attracts more divers than most shallower lakes and usually has at least several duck species all winter. Good viewing access is available ...
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    The lake at Sweetwater Creek is large and fairly deep; it attracts more divers than most shallower lakes and usually has ...

  • #13 Cohutta Wildlife Management Area

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    Chatsworth, GA

    The Cohutta WMA is a huge area of forest in north Georgia, of more than 95,000 acres. This site covers only a small area along good gravel roads in the southern part of the WMA, but the whole ...
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    The Cohutta WMA is a huge area of forest in north Georgia, of more than 95,000 acres. This site covers only a small area ...

  • #14 Perry Super Sod Farm

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    Perry, GA

    This sod farm is just south of Macon and is fairly small in comparison with the other sod farms in this book, but it gets a lot of the same great species and is very easy to bird. There are two ...
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    This sod farm is just south of Macon and is fairly small in comparison with the other sod farms in this book, but it gets ...

  • #15 Brasstown Bald

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    Helen, GA

    Brasstown Bald is the tallest mountain in Georgia at 4,784 feet. Several species that breed only at the highest elevations in the state can be found here pretty easily, and the views are spectacular. ...
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    Brasstown Bald is the tallest mountain in Georgia at 4,784 feet. Several species that breed only at the highest elevations ...

  • #16 Crockford-Pigeon Mountain Wildlife Management Area & Cloudland Canyon State Park

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    La Fayette, GA

    This section highlights several good spots in the extreme northwest corner of Georgia. This area can be accessed from Interstate 75 or from the city of Rome. The Cumberland Plateau extends from ...
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    This section highlights several good spots in the extreme northwest corner of Georgia. This area can be accessed from Interstate ...

  • #17 Fort Pulaski / Tybee Island

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    Savannah, GA

    Fort Pulaski is an excellent location for coastal passerine migrants in the scrub and myrtle thickets around the old fort. The salt marshes in this area are very good for wrens and sparrows, ...
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    Fort Pulaski is an excellent location for coastal passerine migrants in the scrub and myrtle thickets around the old fort. ...

  • #18 Lake Lanier

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    Cumming, GA

    Lake Lanier is a 38,000-acre deepwater lake northeast of Atlanta. It has numerous parks and boat ramps affording viewing access to large areas of the lower lake. While this lake is heavily used ...
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    Lake Lanier is a 38,000-acre deepwater lake northeast of Atlanta. It has numerous parks and boat ramps affording viewing ...

  • #19 Oostanaula River

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    Calhoun, GA

    The name Oostanaula is a derivation of the Cherokee phrase for “Shoal River.” The inspiration behind the name is a mystery, because the gradient of the stream averages less than 1 foot per mile. ...
    •  5.5 days
    •  49.1 miles
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    The name Oostanaula is a derivation of the Cherokee phrase for “Shoal River.” The inspiration behind the name is a mystery, ...

  • #20 Ochlockonee River

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    Ochlocknee, GA

    White sand beaches, dense vegetation, and wildlife conspire to create an exceptionally pretty stream, the Ochlocknee River. Rising in Worth County south of Albany, the Ochlocknee runs southwest ...
    •  4-6 days
    •  53.7 miles
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    White sand beaches, dense vegetation, and wildlife conspire to create an exceptionally pretty stream, the Ochlocknee River. ...