205 N US Hwy 301
Jesup, GA 31545
Phone: (912) 427-6800
Fax: (912) 427-3668
This 137-mile (220-kilometer) river has its origins in a national forest in northeast Georgia, and its long course through the state offers a spectacular trip by canoe or kayak. Many stretches run past scenic bluffs and through hardwood forests that are quite representative of Georgia's landscape. While Altamaha's expeditions are closed between mid-November and mid-March, the chance to paddle down the Broad is not one to be missed.
A 3,000 acre, privately owned nature preserve that is located on lands that were once part of an old rice plantation and offers opportunities to view birds in saltmarsh, woodland, and creek swamp habitats. The nature center on site offers exhibits, educational programs, and a gift shop, and, for visitors not up for hiking, mule-pulled wagons will take you through woodlands, swamps, historic abandoned rice fields, and along marshes while guides tell the intriguing history of Melon Bluff.
Formerly the home of Dr. Louis LeConte, this historic site flourished as one of Georgia's earliest inland swamp rice plantations and is now a natural preserve. Louis LeConte's world-famous 18th century botanical gardens contain a myriad of antique plants and visitors can walk through the cypress forest or walk the interpretative trail along the earthen rice dikes leading through the Bulltown Swamp black-water ecosystem while at this plantation.