It is no  secret that the humid state of Georgia is filled with swamps and marshes. This is because the land and soil here are very soft, and it is the humidity and the hot temperatures that cause that.

Alligators, snakes, and other creepy crawlies live in the areas and you might be able to catch a glimpse of them at this destination. This wildlife refuge in South Georgia has a boardwalk and tower where you can observe wildlife and flora. 

The Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Valdosta, Georgia is 10,188 acres filled with forests and wetlands that have trails you can walk through on a cool summer day. 

Georgia has over 7.7 acres of wetlands. At this location, you can experience a section of this, and it not require a boat which is a win-win for us who are not too keen on being so close to alligators. 

You can walk and see the marsh area up close by walking on a wooden boardwalk. You can stop at different points during your walk to look over and see if you can see any of the animals that live in this area. 

At the end of the boardwalk, there is a 54-foot tower that you can climb the stairs up to have a better view of the refuge. It also makes for great pictures during the famous "golden hour." 

Many people have seen alligators and snakes slithering and swimming throughout the land, and you just might see them as well. 

To learn more about Grand Bay and the land where we live, you can go to the educational center they have on-site. You can learn about the species that inhabit the area and more about the area in general.  

You are more than welcome to bring your dog along your walk,  just remember to bring your furry friend some water too!

If you, your significant other, or your friends like to fish, this is a great place to do that as well. All you have to do is go through their website to obtain a fishing license for the area, grab your pole, and head on out. 

It is free to explore this area and to climb the tower to overview the wetlands. Bring your friends and take some cool pictures, while learning about the area that we live in on a summer day. 


Grand Bay WMA 

Price: Free!

Address: 4641-4649 Knight Academy Rd. Valdosta, Georgia 31605

Why you should go: This is a great destination for a summer day to see wild animals, and take a walk. There is a 1/2 mile boardwalk that leads to a 54-foot tower that you can climb to overview Georgia's wetlands. 



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