Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center Trails

Mansfield, Georgia 30055

Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center Trails

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"The 6,400-acre Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center encompasses the Marben Public Fishing Area (PFA), the Clybel Wildlife Management Area (WMA), and the Charlie Elliott Visitor Center and Conference Center. This is a must-visit area for hiking, birding, fishing, and family outings."

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"The 6,400-acre Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center encompasses the Marben Public Fishing Area (PFA), the Clybel Wildlife Management Area (WMA), and the Charlie Elliott Visitor Center and Conference Center. This is a must-visit area for hiking, birding, fishin" Read more
Afoot and Afield Atlanta: 108 Spectacular Outings in North-Central Georgia (Wilderness Press)
Marcus Woolf
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"A writer, conservationist, and the first director of Georgia’s Game & Fish Commission, Charlie Elliott (1906–2000) devoted his life to sharing his passion for the state’s wildlands. It’s fitting that the 6400-acre wildlife center bearing his name serves as an outdoor classroom and promotes hiking and birding, as well as fishing, hunting, and horseback riding. The center’s hiking trails explore a granite outcrop, the rushing waters of Murder Creek and the banks of three lakes, which provide habitat for geese, herons, and a variety of other birds. This hike combines four trails into one loop that can be walked in a few hours." Read more
"This 6,400-acre wildlife center, operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, features a network of color-blazed foot trails that wind across old pasture lands, through bottomland hardwoods, beneath upland pine forests, along the shores of man-made ponds and lakes, and around an unusual granite outcrop. An excellent starting point for your trek is the visitor center, with exhibits, a reproduction of Charlie Elliott’s writing studio and library, and a wild bird observation room. The center also hosts educational programs throughout the year, with many events held at a nearby conference center and banquet hall." Read more
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Atlanta (Menasha Ridge Press)
Randy & Pam Golden
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"You can see a wide range of wildlife— including wild hogs, otters, beavers, deer, American bald eagles, and waterfowl—on this relatively short hike." Read more

Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center Trails Reviews

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4/12/2012
Beautiful trail with good canopy. moderate with several good climbs. NIce loop finished in 3 hours. Some rocks wear good boots (nothing like TA trial sections in PA). A few backcountry camp sites. Bring in water.
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9/26/2009
Celebrate National Public Lands Day on September 26th with free admission to Panola Mountain State Park. You'll find many ways to show your support for Georgia State Parks' mission to preserve, protect, and provide access to public Green Space. You can either take advantage of volunteer opportunities that day such as trail inspection or litter pick-up, take advantage of a great day for a fall hike. Free admission day is 9/26/09.
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4/20/2008
A nice, moderate trail, a few steep spots, but worth the walk. The view from Springer Mountain and the view spot heading down from Springer on the Benton Mac leg were spectacular (particularly the Benton Mac spot). Took about 4 leisurely hours, really nice all-around trail, perfect for a family outing.
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11/23/2007
The Appalachian Trail postion of this hike is excellent. The view from the summit of Springer Mountain is outstanding. The return portion on the BMT is not quite as interesting, but has some nice views and is well maintained.

Be careful if you use your GPS or Google Maps to route you there from Atlanta. My GPS took me on a long, difficult forest service road just to intersect FS 42, and it had me going in circles on the way back. Stick with the directions in the trail guide.
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6/9/2007
I visited the Panola Mountain State Conservation Park on a very warm (read HOT) Saturday in the early afternoon. The first impression of PMSCP is that it is probably one of the smallest GA State Parks in the system. After stopping in the Visitor's Center I picked up two trail maps - one each for the Rock Outcrop (< 1 mile) and Micro-watershed (1.5 miles) trails. The Rock Outcrop trail is the more scenic (and fragrant) of the two, passing over and through large sections of granite outcrops. The trail is well maintained and has no significant difference in elevation. Throughout the trail are signs highlighting various flora and fauna that you will encounter. The Micro-watershed trail is longer, but less visually impressive. In addition, there are several branches of the main trail that can be confusing to the neophyte hiker. The trail maps aren't really helpful for following but do provide some information mostly geared for the elementary and junior high hikers. I had the impression that each trail was developed for the pre-teen age group and weren't for the serious outdoor enthusiast. Overall I rate the hikes 2/5 stars. You're better off heading west on I-20 to Sweetwater Creek SCP rather than Panola if you want a more chalenging hiking experience.
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Trail Information

Mansfield
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
1.9
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1-1.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Birding
Additional Use
Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, 543 Elliott Trail, Mansfield 30055; (770) 7843059; www.georgiawildlife.com/node/694
Local Contacts
USGS Farrar; trail map available at the visitor center or online
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018