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Chehaw Park, Albany

Categories: Biking Trails, Zoos & Aquariums, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web
Chehaw Park is a park and zoo located in Albany, Georgia. The park was originally opened as Chehaw State Park in 1937, and currently covers 800acre. The Wild Animal Park was designed by naturalist Jim Fowler of television's Wild Kingdom. Fowler is originally from Albany, Georgia. It was opened in 1997, and features boardwalks in the cypress swamps that take visitors through natural habitat exhibits.Chehaw is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 1997. It is one of only two accredited zoos in the state of Georgia.HistoryOriginally developed as Chehaw State Park in 1937, the property consisted of donated to the state of Georgia by private landowners in Albany, Georgia. It is enclosed on two sides by a large, clear water bayou formed where the Kinchafoonee Creek and Muckalee Creeks meet. The property has expanded to nearly and consists of moss-covered subtropical cypress swamps, climax hardwood forests, and burn-controlled pine/wiregrass habitat.The park is named for the Chiha, or Chehaw, a tribe of Creek Native Americans who inhabited around the property and befriended Caucasian settlers. Artifacts such as arrowheads, spearheads, tomahawks, hoes, drill, scrapers, clay pipes and stone celts were commonly found during original park development. Variations in artifact design show land use by distinctly different tribes over several hundreds of years.
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  • Good for nature walks, to see the animals, picnics, and a train ride. You can relax and read a book or talk a long walk or even ride around a good portion in your car. They have a nice playground so t...  read more »
  • GREAT small zoo, friendly staff, wonderful natural habitats, AZA accredited. Camping, trails, horse facilities etc. well maintained, a wonderful surprise in Albany...don't miss it!!!!! 
  • Lots of things to see and do, your kids will sleep good after a day here! So many animals it's hard to count all them. 
  • This is a really cool park. They have a zoo but it's more than that. They also have walking trails, frisbee golf (frolf?), a BMX park, playgrounds, and more. The zoo is on the smaller side, it takes about 2 hours if you don't stop to eat. It's still really cool though. You can get up close to some of the animals like the meerkats, rhinos, alligators, the bears, etc. But you're still behind a protective barrier.
  • Unique zoo. Random animals throughout the park. Not nearly as big as I thought it was, but it killed an hour of the day. The playground and picnic area is nice to have lunch afterwards. They do have vending and a concession stand in the park though.
  • This is a wonderful place to visit if you are in Albany. It's a beautiful park with campgrounds, trails, and a zoo. The staff are all so kind. It's appropriate for all ages. Don't miss it.
  • Had a great time here! We love zoos and animal parks. A large area of gators. Pretty scenery with boardwalks throughout.
  • You would have to try very hard find a more beautiful place. Whether you come to picnic, race remote control cars, race on the BMX track, or a little light fishing, Chehaw is simply beautiful. And if that is not enough, they've got a a great Zoo!
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