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Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, Augusta

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Phinizy Swamp Nature Park is a 1,100-acre (450 ha) nature park in Augusta, Georgia. The park contains wetlands and woodlands and has a campus for water research and environmental education, which includes a visitor center. It has many bald cypresses draped in Spanish moss and forests of loblolly trees. Birds commonly found at Phinizy Swamp include: red-shouldered hawks, great blue herons, sora, wood ducks and bald eagles. Sometimes the park yields rarities for Georgia, including black-bellied whistling ducks, and a cave swallow, in 2004. Other wildlife commonly found in the park include frogs and toads; snakes, including water moccasin, pigmy rattlesnake, and copperhead; beavers and muskrat; turtles; and dragonflies. Fishing and hunting are not permitted within the park. Phinizy Swamp Nature Park is managed by Phinizy Center for Water Sciences.
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  • Beautiful swampland, wildlife, and lots of close-up views of alligators. very easily accessible trails. Keep your kids close in some of the high grass though, there were some gators just a few feet... 
    Beautiful swampland, wildlife, and lots of close-up views of alligators. very easily accessible trails. Keep your kids close in some of the high grass though, there were some gators just a few feet...  more »
  • We loved this. We are from WI and love doing the outdoors things. It's was amazing to see real gators in their natural habitat. We spent close to 2 hours wondering all the trails looking for neat... 
    We loved this. We are from WI and love doing the outdoors things. It's was amazing to see real gators in their natural habitat. We spent close to 2 hours wondering all the trails looking for neat...  more »
  • This was a lot larger than I realized before going. We went in the summer so it was hot and buggy - we should have used insect repellant before our walk. There is an extensive system of trails and... 
    This was a lot larger than I realized before going. We went in the summer so it was hot and buggy - we should have used insect repellant before our walk. There is an extensive system of trails and...  more »
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  • Great nature walk for the family. Some of the trails are wooden platforms, making it easy for mobility of strollers and wheelchairs. Playground area for the kids, which mine really enjoyed. Next to the playground is a camp fire pit. Be sure to bring water as there are no water points outside of the restrooms. The boys and girls scouts have done a great job contributing to maintain the grounds. Great opportunity for volunteer work.
  • While most of us normally don't get excited about visiting a place with "swamp" in its name, Phinizy Center offers some amazing hiking paths that take us through some remarkably beautiful wetlands. During my visit today, I saw an egret, a turtle, and quite a few dragonflys enjoying their Friday at home. I also had to catch my jaw multiple times after it dropped upon seeing and hearing the unique beauty of this "swamp". If you like to do more outside, you'll love Phinizy Center! And if you like science, come here to learn about their work to protect local water quality and wildlife.
  • This is the perfect family friendly trial! Although the path needs a few repairs, it does cover most of the trail and allows for exploration through fairytale marshlands. There is a ton of wild life, a fair amount of benches, swings, and even a park for the kids to play! Definitely do be aware of the ants and large bugs! Great place to bring a picnic and get out some of the kids energy
  • Love the paintings and information on the three signs I saw. Relaxed to music from Billy S before enjoying the Earth Day riding tour through the man-made ponds, including aeration areas and pumps. Among other smaller creatures we saw alligators, red wing blackbirds, egrets, and a huge 15 year or so old osprey nest on top of the airport wind monitoring tower, but didn't see the ospreys. We also enjoyed the indoor animal displays and the boardwalk over part of the swamp. Very well done event.
  • Phinzy swamp is of course a swamp surrounded by walking trails and play areas. My family enjoyed our time there, watching families and couples explore. The water bird population was a pleasure to observe and we saw the largest alligator I have seen in the wild which was a real thrill though the gator seemed contentedly immobile. We had a great time and look forward to exploring the full trail.

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