Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge Trails

Forsyth, Georgia 31029

Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge Trails

Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge Trails Professional Review and Guide

"At first glance, the Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge appears as a natural landscape. In fact, the heavily wooded hills and valleys represent the culmination of years of effort to restore land devastated by ruinous agriculture. During the Depression, submarginal lands like these were purchased by the federal government, retired from farming, and science-based restoration efforts initiated.

It was through this initiative that the 35,000-acre Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1939 by the federal Resettlement Administration. Today, the refuge is home to many wildlife species, including more than 200 kinds of birds, and is testimony to the value of preserving and restoring the natural heritage of the Southern Piedmont."

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"Red-cockaded woodpeckers were once common in the longleaf pine forests of Georgia. Timber harvesting and farming that began in the 1800s, however, destroyed much of the longleaf pine habitat, and in 1970 the red-cockaded woodpecker was declared an endangered species.

Fortunately, the population of these birds is recovering thanks to conservation efforts on private and public lands. The 35,000-acre Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge is home to several colonies of red-cockaded woodpeckers that inhabit well-managed tracts of loblolly and shortleaf pines."

"This hike combines the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker and Allison Lake Trails to take you through a wilderness rich with wildlife."

Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge Trails Reviews

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Talking rock trail at carters lake, great trail, some traffic up to the small pond for wood ducks, then we saw no one, if you are good at navigating in the woods you can turn this into a 5 mile hike by following old logging roads and make it into a loop. Very enjoyable. Carry plenty of water for summer hiking.
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Trail Information

Forsyth
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
5.1
Distance
184 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Birding
Additional Use
Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge, 718 Juliette Rd., Round Oak 31038; (478) 986-5441; www.fws.gov/piedmont
Local Contacts
USGS Hillsboro and Berner; trail maps also available from website or at the visitor center.
Local Maps

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Oct 2018