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Towns Bluff Park and Heritage Center on the Altamaha River|
In Hazlehurst and Jeff Davis County, Georgia, getting close to nature is easy with its abundance of open spaces and outdoor activities. No place is that idea more prevalent that Towns Bluff Park and Heritage Center (once known as Town Bluff Landing) on the Altamaha River at Bullard Creek Wildlife Management Area. While the river is ancient and Bullard Creek as been around for quite a spell, Towns Bluff Landing has been updated, renovated, and just downright gussied-up to accommodate everyone from boaters and campers to hunters and fishermen to birders and hikers.
The Altamaha River has been designated by the Nature Conservancy as one of the 75 “Last Great Places in the World. ” The river's ecosystem around the park is filled with wildlife, bird life, and flora and fauna not seen anywhere else in Georgia. Hunters will enjoy the profusion of whitetail deer, turkey and game birds. Additionally, nature lovers and photographers will embrace the chance for rare sightings of birds like the bald eagle, swallow-tail kite, and red cockaded woodpecker, and the natural beauty of the area with its pristine landscape, deep woods, high river cliffs, the bursts of wildflowers and the lazily-flowing water that changes hues from season to season. These make the area one of the most sought-after for avian fans from all over the country. With over two miles of trails, just about everyone will find that Towns Bluff Park is ideal for lolling away an afternoon in harmony with nature.
The Towns Bluff RV Park and Campground has 22 level sites, including 12 pull-through sites. Each site contains water, electricity, a picnic table and fire ring. The clean comfort station with showers is centrally located in the park. For those who like to “rough it,” a primitive area is also available. A day-use area complete with grills, picnic shelters and restrooms is located near the river.
The Heritage Center includes a fledgling museum of river and Indian artifacts. You never know what will be going on in the Center. Children's activities are held on a monthly basis and cover topics such as making holiday gifts from nature, learning about the life cycle of the butterfly, designing your own birdhouse, and touching real live snakes! If it has to do with nature, then you will find it at Towns Bluff Park!
When visiting a new area, folks will often ask, “Now that I am here, what can I do?” Here are a few ideas:
Look for animal life along the river.
Fish from the shore or launch a boat from the new landing.
Canoe or kayak down the river (bring your own). Enjoy a beautiful sunrise or sunset..
Rent one of two furnished campers.
Plan a picnic in the day-use area.
Visit the Heritage Center for information, drinks, books, etc. Walk on over two miles of trails.
Look for deer and other wildlife in the area.
Go birding. Bring your binoculars and bird book.
Search for animal tracks. Take pictures or keep a journal of sights and sounds.
Sit, read, make a sketch.
Volunteer some time to help the park.
Towns Bluff Park and Heritage Center is located eight miles north of Hazlehurst, Georgia, just off Hwy. 221 N.
Contact information: 912-379-9303