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Moccasin Creek State Park and Burton Wildlife Management Area

Moccasin Creek in summer.  Photo by Richard T. Bryant.  Email: richard_T_Bryant@mindspring.comDescription: Opportunity abounds at this park and the surrounding rugged back country. A visitor could spend a week exploring the many diverse areas available by car alone. The park, located on magnificent Lake Burton, offers expanded opportunities to the visitor with a boat.Also located at the park is the Burton Fish Hatchery,offering the opportunity to see trout-rearing facilitiesand trout destined for stocking the streams of mountainous North Georgia.The rugged mountains rising to the west are part of the 12,800-acre Burton WMA offering access to the giant buckeyes of Ramp Cove, thegnarled ridgetop oaks of Keller Ridge, the rock outcrop of Mill Creek Rough, the Appalachian Trail, and the magnificent boulder fields of Tray Mountain.

Viewing Information: In winter, many surface-feeding and diving ducks visit the site, including buffleheads, ring-necked ducks, mergansers, mallards, Canada geese, blue-winged teal, American coots, and occasionally pintails. Canada geese are a common sight at the park. Along the nature trail you may see white-tailed deer, groundhogs, warblers, flycatchers, and an occasional black bear. Overhead, look for soaring hawks and osprey. The bald eagle is also an occasional winter visitor. Magnificent hiking trails are available, especially on the western portion of the management area. The mosaic of habitats provides superb displays of spring wildflowers.

Directions: Travel 20 miles north from Clarkesville, Georgia on GA Hwy. 197. Entrance is marked.

Management: Georgia DNR, Parks and Historic Sites Division, 706-947-3194

Closest Town: Clarkesville, GA

Site Notes: observation platforms, trails, interpretive programs

Entry FeeParkingRestroomsPicnicCampingHikingBoat RampLarge BoatsSmall BoatsBicycling

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