For those who like to hunt, geocache or watch for wildlife, Alligator Creek WMA encompasses 3,086 acres near the confluence of the Little Ocmulgee River and Alligator Creek. This area’s deep sandy soils originated as ancient, wind-blown sand dunes and have supported habitat for many diverse plants and animals that have become rare or endangered throughout the Southeast: longleaf pine, red-cockaded woodpeckers, gopher tortoises, gopher frogs, indigo snakes, and pine snakes. In addition to protecting gopher tortoises, this area provides good deer, turkey, and small game hunting opportunities. No camping is allowed on the property.
Paddlers can choose to float down either the Oconee River or the Ocmulgee River. There is little encroachment on these rivers, allowing for peaceful floats with occasional wildlife sightings, including alligators. Another paddling opportunity is the Little Ocmulgee River with its burgundy waters beneath a tree canopy festooned with Spanish moss. Paddling outfitters serve the Oconee River Basin in the “Forks” area where the Oconee and Ocmulgee rivers form the Altamaha River.
Adventurous travelers eager to experience “life in the not so fast lane” will find U.S. Highway 301 introduces them to Georgia’s world-famous pound cakes, sweet Vidalia onions, miles of pecan orchards, an old-fashioned drive-in theater, fine local wines, and much more.