Arrowhead Wildlife Interpretive Trail

Adairsville, Georgia 30103

Arrowhead Wildlife Interpretive Trail

Arrowhead Wildlife Interpretive Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Drive fast enough and blink twice, and you could easily miss the Arrowhead Wildlife Interpretive Trail. It lies off a country road in a patch of former farmland. But the 377 acres of forest, ponds, and wetlands surrounding the trail are absolutely hopping with wildlife. Since 1980, the Department of Natural Resources has used this area to demonstrate methods of managing animals and their habitats, and an environmental education center on-site serves local schools.

The flat and easy trails make this natural lab accessible to young and old hikers, and you can turn to interpretive signs to identify and better understand the surprisingly vast and diverse plant and animal species. The area was once a fish hatchery, and the old water collection areas, or impoundments, are flooded during seasonal migrations of herons, egrets, and other waterfowl."

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"Although this former fish hatchery is no longer used for that purpose, the Arrowhead Wildlife Education Center still has the ponds and a couple of nice trails around them. The site is fairly small and can be birded in a couple hours of easy walking on trails along the old dikes. Although there aren’t really any key species here, at various seasons this spot attracts many interesting and varied birds and is always worth checking.

The ponds are specifically managed for waterfowl and shorebirds, and this prime habitat attracts many good birds in all seasons. Additionally, for winter birders, directions are given to the nearby Garden Lakes, which are excellent for ducks during the winter months. In between the two spots is the large Berry College Wildlife Management Area, with several interesting trails for spring or summer birding. Key birds: Ducks, shorebirds. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, and helpful general information."

"Located on the 400-acre Arrowhead Wildlife Management Area, this trail runs through a tract formerly used as a state fish hatchery. This easy, level hike winds in and out of a dozen or more different wildlife habitat types, including open fields, forest, forest edge, and water.

This trail provides a short course in wildlife management for both game and non-game animals. Interpretive signs strategically placed along the path explain what has been done to improve the diversity of animals and plants. The trail is short enough for a quick morning or evening walk and has enough variety to keep you busy for a day of watching and photography."

Arrowhead Wildlife Interpretive Trail Reviews

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Trails go around lake, around the beaver pond and up to the fire tower. The beaver pond trail (Song bird trail) is marked with sins at important points. All are accessible from the campground. Fire tower views are great.
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The Fire Tower Trail is an easy moderate trail leading up to and existing fire tower (duh). You are able to climb to the first level of the stairway. The views are incredible.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
90 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1–2 hours
Fall and spring
Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division
Local Contacts
A rough map is available in the Northwest Region Headquarters of the Georgia DNR office, 2592 Floyd Springs Rd., Armuchee, GA 30105; 706-295-6041
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