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Chehaw Park, Albany

(4/5 based on 160+ 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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  • This is actually two parks...the zoo and another area with a great wooden ship playground. Both are great! The zoo is very nice with paved walking trails and a nice collection of animals. Don't miss t...  more »
  • My husband and I regularly ride the bike trails at Cheehaw. I am all about fitness and he loves to race the GA and FL series. The folks really keep the trails up and are continually adding and improvi...  more »
  • It,s ok for a short fore walk on Sunday afternoon. The Zoo isn,t big but for Families it,s ok. The Alligators are impressiv 
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  • I enjoy bringing the family here but don't do it much any more. When we had season passes we would go and have the kids birthdays here. I love the Christmas lights every year.
  • A wonderful way to spend a Saturday! I have read some of the reviews about only spending an hour in the zoo, overpriced, rundown, etc. Obviously, they didn't pay attention to their surroundings and event times. The Cheetah Run, feeding of the rhino, alligators, camels and the free tractor ride to the back 40 to see the zebras, antelopes, wildabeast, etc was great. My 2 teenagers enjoyed everything and often stayed behind us. They have a lot more animals than I thought. We will definitely return. =-)
  • This place is awesome! Not crowded, several different areas for birthdays, picnics, etc Zoo is inside park and fee was not bad! Got to see every animal in there. They are also making many improvements, adding exhibits, etc. Well worth the trip!
  • 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.
  • 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.