Berry College Wildlife Management Area
A 30,000-acre mosaic of rural college campus, wildlife refuge, public hunting lands, and public fishing areas, the unique Berry College WMA contains virtually all of the habitats that occur in northwest Georgia - wide creek flood plains, open grassland, steep mountain slopes, reservoirs, old fields, wetlands, and mountaintop ridges. This diversity of habitats provides equally diverse opportunities for wildlife viewing. Elevation ranges from 600 feet at Victory Lake to almost 1500 feet along the ridge line of Lavender Mountain. Wildlife openings, scenic overlooks, and nature trails, make this an area with diverse recreation opportunities.
Bicycling is restricted to open, improved roads, designated trails or designated areas.
Berry College has two designated primitive campgrounds. All camps must be in designated campgrounds, unless otherwise indicated or posted at the WMA check station. Camping or driving motor vehicles upon wildlife food plantings is prohibited. Camping or establishment of a campsite shall be limited to a period of time not to exceed 14 consecutive days unless the campsite is vacated and all personally owned property or physical features of the campsite are removed for a period of not less than seven days. A new campsite may not be re-established within one mile of the vacated campsite. Loaded firearms are prohibited in camping areas, except for those with a valid weapons carry license. Campers are responsible for their own trash.
No person shall unreasonably disturb or annoy others through abrasive, insulting, or threatening words or actions, or disobey any lawful order of a law enforcement official, or act in a manner resulting in a breach of the peace. No generators, musical instruments, radios, televisions, or other noise-making devices may be used after 10 p.m. or before 7 a.m. EST, in such a manner that they may be heard by other WMA visitors.
The trail system is largely un-maintained roads and limited foot paths. Those exploring off trails should take a map and compass.
Horseback riding is restricted to open, improved roads, designated trails or designated areas.
Deer, bear and dove. Contact Georgia DNR for more information, regulations and seasons.
Camping, pre-season scouting, hiking, picnicking, canoeing, and other recreational uses are allowed year-round, unless otherwise posted at the WMA check station or at a specific recreation site.
From Rome: Take US 27 north to jct. of Old Summerville Rd.; turn left on Old Summerville Rd. and go 1.5 miles to jct. with CCC Rd. at check station.