Big Hammock Wildlife Management and Natural Area

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Big Hammock Wildlife Management and Natural Area

Georgia

(229) 426-5267

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Things To Do

Overview

Big Hammock Natural Area and WMA are located along the north bank of the Altamaha River. The WMA consists of 6,177 acres of primarily bottomland hardwoods with many oxbow lakes and sloughs. The Natural Area includes an adjoining 800-acre sand ridge with a variety of habitat types, ranging from a cypress/gum forest to a turkey oak/longleaf pine forest. The Natural Area is registered as a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service because of its rare plants, animals, and unique qualities, including a large colony of the Georgia plume.

Map of Big Hammock Wildlife Management Area (GA)

Latitude, Longitude: 31.854049, -82.093835

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Activities

  • Boating

    Big Hammock has three boat ramps that provide access to the Altamaha and Ohoopees Rivers.

  • Camping

    All camps must be in designated campgrounds, unless otherwise indicated or posted at the WMA check station. 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.

  • Fishing

    Unless otherwise posted, fishing is allowed on WMAs according to statewide regulations. A WMA license is not required for anglers possessing a valid 1-day, Honorary/Disability, Sportsman or Lifetime License.

  • Hiking

    The trail system is largely un-maintained roads and limited foot paths. Those exploring off trails should take a map and compass.

  • Hunting

    Deer, turkey, small game, furbearers and alligators. Contact Georgia DNR for more information, regulations and seasons.

Seasonality/Weather

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.

Directions

Driving

From Glennville: Take Hwy 144 south 12 miles to Altamaha River. Area lies on both sides of Hwy 144.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(229) 426-5267

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