Description: Albany Nursery WMA is located in the Upper Coastal Plain in an area of the State known for its large quail plantations. Traditionally an agricultural area, the WMA has a good mixture of fields and forest that appeals to a wide variety of wildlife species. The wildlife trail forms a 2-mile loop through a mature lowland hardwood forest that provides drainage for nearby upland areas. The trail winds under a large hardwood canopy with scattered large pines and follows the edge of a forested wetland that often holds water during the late winter and early spring months. It then circles a stand of mature pines where management using prescribed burning is demonstrated. A number of wildlife management principles are exhibited on the trail.
Viewing Information: White-tailed deer, wild turkeys, bobcats, foxes, raccoons, gray squirrels, wood ducks, and barred owls are some of the more common species that inhabit the area. Various species of hawks can be seen hunting for prey over the fields near the trail. During the spring and fall, many species of songbirds can be observed. Several other species of non-game birds are year-round residents and provide regular opportunities for bird watchers. Viewing of most wildlife species is more productive during the early morning or late afternoon periods, but certain species, like the great blue herons and the common egret, can be observed almost any time of the day. The trail is closed on Wednesdays.
Directions: From Albany, take GA Hwy. 234 (Gillionville Hwy.) west 11 miles. Turn right on Tallahassee Road, and go 1.2 miles to entrance marked by Wildlife Resources Division sign. Parking area and start of trail are just inside entrance.
Management: Georgia DNR, Wildlife Resources Division, 912-430-4254
Closest Town: Albany, GA
Additional Information: Insect repellent is recommended.
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