Wildlife Viewing Guide
Please Note: Rocky Mountain PFA is planned to open in late 1996. Please call the Georgia DNR, Wildlife Resources Division, 706-629-1259 to check the exact opening date.
Description: Rocky Mountain PFA encompasses approximately 5,000 acres in the Ridge and Valley physiographic province of northwest Georgia. The area is part of a pumped-storage hydroelectric facility owned and operated by Oglethorpe Power Corporation. The habitats present include 600 acres of man-made impoundments, wetlands associated with the impoundments, predominantly hardwood forests, and palisades up to 1,400 feet in elevation that provide scenic overlooks of the valley below.
Viewing Information: Rocky Mountain PFA provides viewing opportunities for all species commonly found in hardwood forest habitats - white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, raccoons, opossums, gray squirrels, and others. All can be viewed at nearly any time of the day, but dawn and dusk are the best times for viewing. The impoundments and wetlands on the site attract waterfowl such as Canada geese, wood ducks, and mallards. Wading shorebirds such as egrets and various species of herons can also be seen. Fall and winter provide the best opportunity for viewing waterfowl and shore birds. Visitors are restricted to designated recreational areas of the project for safety reasons. Visitors should be able to enjoy wildlife in fairly close proximity due to the number of wildlife openings and associated overlooks that have been constructed. Access to the area is enhanced by a network of maintained trails and boat launching facilities.
Directions: From Rome, take US Hwy. 27 north apx. 10 miles. Turn west onto Floyd County Road 240 (Sike Storey Road) and proceed apx. 1 mile. Turn south on Floyd County Road 235 (Big Texas Valley Road). Continue apx. 7 miles to the site entrance on the left.
Management: Georgia DNR, Wildlife Resources Division, 706-629-1259
Closest Town: Rome, GA
Site Notes: observation platforms, interpretive programs, fishing jetties.
Additional Information: Rocky Mountain Public Fishing Area is adjacent to the Berry College Wildlife Management Area.
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