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Wild Chickens Shouldn’t Keep You Away from Fitzgerald, Georgia

The quirky small town of Fitzgerald, Georgia, known for its wild chickens in the street, offers a ton of outdoor activities, from biking to boating, fishing to kayaking.

The quirky small town of Fitzgerald, Georgia, known for its wild chickens in the street, offers a ton of outdoor activities, from biking to boating, fishing to kayaking.

Fitzgerald is committed to being a bike-friendly city. Georgia Bike Route 20 and the proposed Federal Bike Route 15 both run through Fitzgerald. Several self-guided bicycle tours highlight Fitzgerald and its surrounding areas, including the 12.6-mile City Chicken Route through Fitzgerald’s historic districts and neighborhoods, the 26.3-mile Jeff Davis Route that winds through pastoral farmlands, fields, orchards and woods, and the 34.8-mile Blue & Gray Route that leads cyclists through scenic countryside with some well-maintained dirt roads.

Kayak, canoe, or troll Paulk Park’s County Lake on Perry House Road, where you can wet a hook if you feel the urge, but really, no work required. Located 30 minutes from downtown Fitzgerald on Mobley Bluff Road off Highway 107 East, the Ben Hill County Landing on the Ocmulgee River is a wooded, natural setting for camping, barbecues, fishing, and boating (boat launch) with 20 primitive campsites and 15 campsites with water and electricity (30 amp). This landing is an access point to the Ocmulgee River Water Trail which will take you downstream to the river’s confluence with the Oconee River to form the Altamaha River.

The Paulk Park RV Campground sits right next to the 5-acre County Lake. Twenty-four lakeside RV sites and 35 tent-camping sites provide ample facilities for an overnight stay, or come for the day to enjoy picnic shelters and a nature trail. The Paulk Park Nature Trail

is an approximately 150-foot boardwalk loop.

Another great trail to explore in Fitzgerald is the 1-mile boardwalk loop at the Milton “Buddy” Hopkins Nature Preserve. This is a great location for birdwatching.

Sharpshooters may want to check out the Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Department of Leisure Services’ membership-based shooting range with access to a rifle/pistol range, a natural archery range, and a skeet shooting facility with trap housing. An orientation class must be completed before using the skeet range and trap house. Participants must be at least 16 years of age and present a valid drivers’ license. Members must supply their own targets and are responsible for cleaning up after themselves.

The younger set may be interested in the two skateboard ramps and two rails at Boggus Park, which also has a lighted practice baseball field.

The Department of Leisure Services maintains nine parks in Fitzgerald with a variety of attractions. Across from Boggus Park, Legion Park has a swimming pool complex, horseshoe pits (bring your own equipment an luck), and a 6.6-acre natural wooded area. Other city parks include athletic fields, walking trails, and playgrounds.

And as if Fitzgerald’s wild chickens weren’t quirky enough, take the opportunity to play giant chess on the board at the Grand Plaza Park stage. Giant chessmen can be checked out at the Grand Theatre across the street.

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