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Boundless Outdoor Activity in Blackshear

Tucked away in on the western edge of Georgia’s Coast region, there’s more than meets the eye in Blackshear, Georgia. Blackshear is the county seat of Pierce County, which has several one-of-a-kind outdoor experiences that can attract visitors from around the state and beyond.

Tucked away in on the western edge of Georgia’s Coast region, there’s more than meets the eye in Blackshear, Georgia. Blackshear is the county seat of Pierce County, which has several one-of-a-kind outdoor experiences that can attract visitors from around the state and beyond.

As the meandering blackwater of the Satilla River follows the path of least resistance on its way to the Atlantic Ocean, it passes along the southern edge of Pierce County, which boasts some of the most peaceful and picturesque sections of the river. The GA-121 Landing access point is on the north side of the Satilla, which serves as the Pierce County border with neighboring Brantley County. The GA-121 Landing is one of the county’s two main entries and is arguably the most popular in the area.

Although it rarely falls below 5 feet, there are times when the waterway is only navigable by kayak or canoe. During times of higher water levels, johnboats and small watercraft are common as well. Before you paddle, it’s recommended that you check the Satilla Riverkeeper’s website which provides updates on water levels and navigability through a series of gauges on the river.

Just off GA Highway 32 in nearby Bristol sits Bell Farms, home of the Georgia Grown blueberry wine producer Rabbiteye Winery. It may look like an ordinary blueberry farm from the outside, but once you step foot inside the tasting room, you’ll see how Southern science and hard work have come together to create some of the most flavorful wine produced in the state.

Come visit the farm and see where the award-winning Rabbiteye Wine is made. The adventure includes a free tasting and a tour of the winery and packing area. The tasting room is open Fridays and Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. with bottles available to purchase.

Most hunters already know about Mossy Pond Retrievers, one of the largest dog training facilities in the South. Located in Patterson, Mossy Pond was developed by owner Brad Arington in 2003 with a dog and a dream. Now, with 130+ kennels, Arington and his team train dogs from all over the country year-round. The 12,000-acre property, which includes a lodge, overnight accommodations and hunting and shooting grounds, is popular for groups of all types, including weddings, corporate outings, and friends and family outings.

For fans of geocaching, there are more than 50 geocaches in Blackshear and Pierce County. This is a family-friendly, outdoor adventure game played with a GPS device or smartphone. Basically, you get the GPS coordinates to a location and then go find a container at that location. You sign the logbook and hide the container in the same location where you found it for others to find.

The Blackshear Better Hometown program offers a geocaching challenge in Blackshear. Complete the challenge to earn a trackable Blackshear Geocaching Challenge geocoin or a Blackshear Geocaching Challenge Path Tag.

You’ll find Blackshear along US Highway 84, southwest of Jesup, Georgia and northeast of Waycross, Georgia.

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