If your birding diary needs a little help, or you are just looking to fill out a few more entries in your leisure time, then the Lake Hartwell area is just what the Doctor (Dolittle in this case) ordered!
We are host to dozens of migratory species as well as a magnificent assortment of our own native species. You know that all birds aren’t just “little brownish birds” and we are glad you are thinking about visiting with us and identifying something amazing.
|Georgia Hartwell Region|
Hart County Botanical Gardens
Off Elberton Hwy (Hwy 77) just South of Hartwell
Free, Open daylight hours
Nice nature path, butterfly garden, children’s play fort and bluebird habitat.
|Georgia Toccoa Region|
Walhalla Fish Hatchery
198 Fish Hatchery Rd (Hwy 107N)
Mountain Rest, SC 29664
864-638-2866 FREE, open 8am to 4pm daily, closed Christmas Day and during bad winter weather
Outside, trout are produced here in support of recreational fishing. For 25 cents, you can feed the fish.
Visitors are welcome to fish in East Fork, which runs through the hatchery grounds, walk around the hatchery and/or picnic in areas provided. Public restrooms are available, the best ones are inside the fish hatchery fence. The best time to visit the hatchery is in the fall, when you are able to see more stages in the Trout’s life cycle.
A Hiking trail is accessible from the picnic area. It follows the East Fork River for 2.5 miles until it reaches the Chattooga River, then you can either go up the river 1.7 miles to Ellicott’s Rock or down river 2.1 miles to Burrell’s Ford Campground and parking lot.
Close by is the Chattooga Picnic Area, run by the US Forest Service, which has a barrier free fishing pier on the Chattooga River and is accessible from the parking lot.
|South Carolina Clemson Region|
South Carolina Botanical Gardens
I-85 exit 19-B to US 76, main entrance on Perimeter Rd.
Dawn until dusk, 365 days a year, FREE
295 acres of woodlands, streams, gardens, bridges, ponds, birds, sculptures, picnic tables and nature trails. There is an old train car and an authentic pioneer home that were relocated here.
Lake Conestee Nature Park
1 Spanco Drive
www.conesteepark.com/birding (864) 277-2004
FREE Open Sunrise to Sunset
From Conestee Rd. take Spanco Dr. past Conestee Mill, parking lot and trailhead located on the right.
Nature trails – Natural Surface Trails – Approximately 3 miles
Paved Trails – Approximately 2 miles – good for biking, walking or jogging.
Rated by many experienced birders as one of the best birding sites in the Upstate of South Carolina.
Andrew Pickens Ranger District
www.fs.fed.us/r8/fms/sumter/recreation/birding.overview (864) 638-9568