Baxley – Appling County Tourism

Executive Director: Karen Tharpe
Website: Baxley – Appling County Website
Events: Baxley – Appling County Events

Appling County is filled with fascinating history,folklore and Southern Hospitality. A true place of beauty, comfort and excitement just waiting to be experienced. Nestled in the heart of slash pine country, Baxley-Appling County is the ideal place to leave your troubles behind. Canoe down the pristine Altamaha River, visit the Appling Heritage Center, or just enjoy the laid back hometown atmosphere. Baxley/Appling County, Georgia is the place for "Southern Exposure".

Altamaha River Sunset

Outdoor Enthusiasts have an exciting opportunity awaiting them as they explore the mighty Altamaha River, the largest river in Georgia. It drains 1/3 of the state before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean just north of St. Simons Island. It has been declared by the Nature Conservancy one of the “Last Wild and Scenic Places” and is home to many rare and endangered species. Featured in the National Geographic magazine, the Altamaha River is the second largest watershed on the eastern seaboard and remains completely undammed. Crossed only five times by roads and twice by rail lines, the Altamaha's natural beauty is largely undisturbed. It flows 137 miles from it's formation by the Oconee and Ocmulgee Rivers, north of Baxley, to it's delta at the coast. There is a rich history on the Altamaha River and in it’s delta. There are Indian settlement ruins on some of the old bluffs, remnants of the timber boom, and 200 year old rice canals dug into the swamp from the time when rice was queen of the Georgia coast. You may catch a glimpse of ancient virgin cypress trees that escaped the mass harvesting - some date back 1000 years or more.

Canoeists, kayakers and birdwatchers delight in the opportunity to experience the sighting of rare birds and endangered species of plants and animals found along the Altamaha River. Truly the Nature Conservancy is correct in dubbing the Altamaha "Georgia's Natural Treasure, One of America's Last Great Places." Experience the Altamaha for yourself!

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Moody Forest Natural Area

The Moody Forest Natural Area is an irreplaceable, one-of-a-kind treasure. The preserve boasts one of the nations last remaining old-growth forest featuring Longleaf and Slash pine 200-300 plus years old and mammoth Tupelo Cypress more than 600 years old. Moody is also home to rare wild-flowers, birds and animals including the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, the gopher tortoise and the eastern indigo snake. The Moody Forest Natural Area is a 3400-acre (13.7 square kilometers or 5.3 square miles) protected area of land along the banks of the Altamaha River. The area located in Appling County (see map). Half of the Moody area (1700 acres) is wetland habitat, including prominent cypress swamps. The remaining half of the area (1700 acres) is dry upland habitat. Riparian habitat, bottomland hardwood forest, and long-leaf pine forest occur in the upland habitat. Limited hunting is also available at the Moody Forest Natural Area. This 3,889 acre preserve also provides hiking and excellent bird watching. Moody is managed by a joint agreement with the Nature Conservancy and the GA Department of Natural Resources. For more information call 912-366-9549 or 229-426-5267.

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Bullard Creek Wildlife Management Area provides hunting for deer, turkey, and small game. Located near Deen's Landing and Falling Rocks Park on the Altamaha River. For additional information call 912-426-5267 or 912-423-2988. Amenities include: 13,900 acres. Hunting, Camping, Boat Ramp, Canoe Access, Fishing, Firearms Shooting Range, Bird Watching, Field Trail Access and Picnicking. Located North West corner of Appling County and proceeding into Jeff Davis County

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Lake Mayers

Visit our 170 acre Lake Mayers, west of Baxley. Lake Mayers offers fishing for largemouth bass, bream and crappie. The lake is open year round from sunrise to sunset daily. Access is available from the bank or by boat via two concrete ramps at the Public Recreation Area. Other activities include swimming, skiing and picnicking. Amenities include restrooms picnic shelters/benches, grills, and a beach area are available.

Appling County Courthouse

Our Neoclassical style Courthouse built in 1907 greets you in the heart of downtown, as you travel the crossroads of U.S. Highway #1 and #341. A pedimented Corinthian portico and pavilions and an octagonal domed clock tower ornament the building's exterior while the first floor interior features Georgia marble wainscoting. The courthouse was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Appling Heritage Center Museum

Step back in time at the Heritage Center Museum where an extraordinary display exists explaining the early turpentine production in Appling County. The museum also offers a wide variety of items and records that detail the history of our county. Don't miss the Black History Room, The War Room, and the Genealogy Room! You can even order a copy of "Footprints in Appling County" by Ruth Barron that list the history of the county from 1818-1978. For additional information on how to purchase the "Footprints in Appling County" contact 912-367-8133.

Baxley Tree Festival

The award-winning Baxley Tree Fest is an annual festival held in April that helps us celebrate the forestry industry and outdoor recreation in Appling County. One of the highlights of the festival is the popular street dance, held on Friday night. On Saturday the festival features an Outdoor Expo along with Arts & Crafts and many other surprises. Some of the other featured events are: Bed Race, Arts & Crafts, "Treetography" Photo Contest, Car & Motorcycle Show, Kids games and rides, continuous live entertainment, Tree Fest Tri-athlon, and much more!

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