Description: Two thousand acres of varied Piedmont habitats and 6 miles of trails situated on beautiful 70,000-acre Clarks Hill Lake. Once worn-out farmlands, this area has regenerated to mixed pine and hardwood forests, beaver swamps, and hardwood creek bottoms. Deeply eroded "canyons" are evidence of past erosive farming practices. Also present are many young forests of loblolly pine, sweetgum, tulip poplar, red maple, and white oak. Creek bottoms offering spring wildflower displays of trillium, striped pipsissewa, bloodroot, Christmas fern, and cinnamon fern are found in the many lake coves surrounding the park. An observation deck overlooks a deep gully and waterfall on Claitt Creek Trail, and a wildlife observation area along Loop Trail offers an excellent opportunity for viewing.
Viewing Information: Large flocks of resident Canada geese are regularly seen in the many coves of Clarks Hill Lake. Mallards, ring-necked ducks, wood ducks, and wading birds might also be seen by the observant visitor. Old fields and the wildlife observation area are excellent sites for viewing wild turkeys, white-tailed deer, red and gray foxes and numerous songbirds. The visitor with a boat or canoe has many opportunities to explore the numerous quiet coves in the park. A large area of the southeastern portion of the park is without trails, receiving little visitation, and is suited for those who want quiet and solitude to hike cross-country.
Directions: From Thomson, travel I-20 to exit 60. Turn north on GA Hwy. 150 (Cobb Ham Rd.) and travel 7.9 miles. Turn left on Mistletoe Road and travel 3 miles to park entrance.
Management: Georgia DNR, Parks and Historic Sites Division, 404-656-2770
Closest Town: Thomson, GA
Site Notes: interpretive programs, cottages, fishing
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