We are currently on a month-long road trip and our first official stop was Forsyth, Georgia, to visit Anthony’s family. While we were there we went to Dauset Trails Nature Center in Jackson. I had never heard of it before we went so I was just looking forward to getting some good walking in, but we enjoyed our visit so much I could hardly wait to tell you (my readers) all about it. When your road trips bring you to Georgia, try to stop by if you can. It’s free!
There was hardly anyone else there when we visited on that May Monday afternoon, but the schools still hadn’t let out for the summer. The admission is free, and it can get crowded in the summer and on weekends. We just happened to be there at a really good time, and the weather was nice too because the heat of summer hasn’t hit yet. After a nice picnic by the lake, we went to look at the exhibits and enjoy the beauty of the property.
Geese and Turtles
During our picnic there were some geese in the water nearby, close to the shore. You can tell they are used to being around a lot of people because six kids were running around everywhere yet the geese just floated along like there was no one else around.
We walked across a small bridge that leads to the animal exhibits. The kids had fun feeding the turtles in the water (there were food pellet dispensers around for that purpose), but fish kept jumping up and stealing the food when the turtles weren’t quick enough.
I was one of the last ones left on the bridge, so when I approached our group they were standing in front of a tall cage. I could hear a hissing sound coming from inside the cage, so I went over to look. That’s when I saw this guy.
This is a great horned owl, and he wasn’t happy to see us. He and his roommate (and every other caged animal) have been rescued and rehabilitated and can no longer survive in the wild.
We love animals and it was good to see that they all are under excellent care. You really couldn’t ask for more, when a return to the wild would mean certain death for them. In addition to the great horned owls, we also saw barn owls and barred owls.
General Beauregard Lee is a groundhog that is a bit of a Georgia icon and Dauset Trails is his home. There is even a Groundhog Day celebration each February (this year, I am told, General Lee saw his shadow). We didn’t get to see him, unfortunately, but his house is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen. I hope if you stop by Dauset Trails for a visit General Lee will make an appearance for you. I tried to tell him we drove 900 miles to see him but even that couldn’t make him leave his comfy bachelor pad.
I had never seen a beaver before in person until we came upon this little dude having his lunch. He was a lot cuter than the ones I’ve seen on TV. He also doesn’t have to work as hard so he has time to sit around looking cute and getting free food. Keep enjoying the good life, Mr. Beaver!
The other animals we saw included a bald eagle, a red tailed hawk, deer, turkeys, bison, coyotes, two bob cats (who stunk really bad) and a skunk who didn’t stink at all but hid in a tunnel the whole time.
My favorite part of our visit was a 19th century working farm. There was literally no one else there but our group, so it looked like a Little House on the Prairie type ghost town. I know that other times there is a lot of activity and people so it could be a lot different experience next time!
I spent part of my childhood on a farm, so that setting just calls to me, even after many years of living in the city. I could have pitched a tent and stayed awhile if they had let me (just not near the pig pen).
One thing I don’t think they had in the 19th century were cute little plastic slides for their goats to play on.
Katie in front of the general store, pretending to be asleep.
More pictures from the farm
The best part of our time at Dauset Trails was time spent with family. Here’s Joshua and Katie with their cousins.
Have you been to Dauset Trails or another place like it? What do you think of the work being done to save our wildlife? Share your comments with us below.