Alcovy Conservation Center
Much of the mission of the Georgia Wildlife Federation depends on successful conservation education. Quality education requires well-trained conservation leaders, public officials, and educators. Using the magnificent tupelo swamps of the Alcovy River as an interpretive backdrop, the Alcovy Conservation Center (ACC) provides quality education, networking, and training opportunities for these leaders who will deliver the conservation message to the next generation.
Situated on 115-acres along the Alcovy River, the main building complex contains 15,000 square feet of office, lecture, classroom and library space, surrounded by native plant gardens. Other facilities on the site include pavilions, an executive retreat house, and a quaint log cabin. Scenic boardwalks and trails meander through woodlands, wetlands, and meadows.
Georgia DNR Awards $3,000 through Watchable Wildlife Grant program
Georgia Wildlife Federation is one of six recipients of Georgia DNR’s 2019 Watchable Wildlife Grant program. The purpose of the GA DNR program is to improve public opportunities to see and learn about our state’s priority animals, plants, and habitats. GWF is using the funding to repair and upgrade a boardwalk and observation platform at the Alcovy Conservation Center (ACC) in Covington.
Trails at the ACC meander through a Piedmont tupelo river swamp. Elevated boardwalks are used to cross over the swamp and provide an observation area. The $3000 grant will be used to repair a 5’ x 150’ portion of boardwalk with an attached 14’ x 16’ observation platform. Much of the work will be accomplished through a partnership with a local Eagle Scout candidate. Work is scheduled to be completed by the end of the summer.
GWF offers free access to trails and boardwalks at the Alcovy Conservation Center Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm and on the weekends for special events. To learn more about the Alcovy river swamp and its wildlife, visit the http://www.gwf.org/acc/. Resources include information about the trails, Alcovy River, and migratory birds.
Ulcofauhatchee, published by GWF in 2011, gives an overview of both the ecological and historical significance of the Alcovy River in Newton County and provides three difference driving tours pointing out 89 points of interest.
Monday - Friday
8:30am - 5pm
Visitors are welcome to walk the nature trails during regular business hours. Please check in with the front office upon arrival and departure.
Office hours may vary on occasion. We recommend you call ahead to confirm. Organized groups (schools, homeschools, scout groups, etc.) must make arrangements in advance.
From Atlanta: Take I-20 East past the exits for Covington to Hazelbrand Road, Exit #93. Turn left off the exit ramp. Turn right onto Hazelbrand Road (at the intersection with Home Depot). Travel approximately 1.5 miles. Cross over the Cornish Creek Bridge and turn right into our driveway (across from the Hazelbrand Road Recycling Center).
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