29 April, 2017, Cay Creek Wetland Park, Maritime Forest & Wet Flatwoods, Liberty County

Posted under: Southeast Georgia .

Description:  Cay Creek Wetland Park in Midway provides a unique opportunity to explore a wide range of the ecosystems found on the Georgia coast. There are examples of a maritime forest and pine flatwoods. A boardwalk including a canopy tower allows easy observation of the shift in vegetation in the transition from freshwater wetland through  tidal swamp, marsh hammock and shrubby upland edge ending on a tidal creek. Beaver, otters, water snakes, freshwater turtles, and various wetland birds often call this area home. Cypress, live oak, blackgum, arrowwood viburnum, ground nut, climbing aster, climbing hydrangea, blue flag iris, seashore mallow, various ferns, giant plume grass, and marsh grasses will be in view. A wetland demonstration garden installed in 2016 greats you at the entrance to the boardwalk. There is sure to be something to see for everyone.

Location:  Cay Creek Wetland Park, 189 Charlie Butler Rd, Midway GA 31320

DirectionsFrom the North (Savannah or Richmond Hill): Take I-95 S to exit 76 (Midway/ Sunbury). Turn right (West) at the top of the ramp onto Oglethorpe Highway/ GA-38/US-84. Take your first left onto Charlie Butler/Paul Ripley Road in about 1 mile (marked by a large white sign for Cay Creek Wetlands Park). Take your first right into the Cay Creek Park driveway.

From the South: Take I-95 N to exit 76 (Midway/Sunbury). Turn left (West) at the top of the ramp onto Oglethorpe Highway/GA-38/US-84. Take your first left onto Charlie Butler/Paul Ripley Road in about 1 mile (marked by a large white sign for Cay Creek Wetlands Park). Take your first right into the Cay Creek Park driveway.

From Highway 17/Ocean Highway: In Midway, turn onto Oglethorpe Highway/ GA-38/US-84 heading East. In about 2.5 miles, take a right onto Charlie Butler/ Paul Ripley Road. Take your first right into the Cay Creek Park driveway.

Bring:   Comfortable shoes for walking, Sun and bug protection, water, snacks and lunch. Bathroom facility not on property but Parkers gas station is close by. Length of walk is 7/10ths of a mile one way. Boardwalk is handicap accessible. Difficulty of the walk is easy on level boardwalk. Prefer a group of 20 or so.

Facilities:  Parkers Gas station very close to the site and right at the exit you would take at off I-95.

Registration Required by emailing Eamonn at  Eamonn.leonard@dnr.ga.gov

Trip leader:  Eamonn Leonard – 912-506-1920.  Let me know if you need additional information.