Tag Archives: South Georgia Rivers Creeks & Lakes

Durden’s Mill Pond

Durdenville GA Durdens Mill Pond Emanuel County Coca Cola Sign Millstone Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This sign beckoned me to turn in, but besides turning around and snapping a few shots, I was unable to explore this local landmark as it’s private property.

Durdenville GA Durdens Mill Pond Emanuel County Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The structure pictured above and the cabin below are all I saw, but there appear to be others on the surrounding property.

Durdenville GA Durdens Mill Pond Emanuel County Cabin Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The mill pond is a tranquil landscape and a longtime favorite of fishermen.

Durdens Mil Pond Durdenville GA Emanuel County Landmark Cypress Trees Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Scarlet Wild Basil (Clinopodium coccineum) , a species widespread in the nearby Ohoopee Dunes, is present here, as well. I’ve seen more of these interesting native plants in Emanuel County than anywhere else in Georgia.

Durdenville GA Durdens Mill Pond Emanuel County GA Scarlet Wild Basil Ohoopee Dunes Landscape Wildflower Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Parrish Mill, 1880

George L Smith State Park Old Parrish Mill Covered Bridge Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Now the centerpiece of George L. Smith State Park, the renovated structure seen here was built by James M. Parrish, who along with Alexander Hendricks purchased the surrounding 200 acres from J. J. Moring in 1880 and set about building a dam and grist mill on Fifteen Mile Creek. The structure also served as a covered bridge.

George L Smith State Park Parrish Millpond Dam Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgai USA 2014

The pond, filled with cypress trees, is one of the most picturesque places in this section of Georgia and attracts fishermen, kayakers and nature lovers from all over. It’s a bit off the beaten path, but well worth a visit.

George L Smith State Park Emanuel County GA Parrish Millpond Cypress Trees Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Though the lake is man-made, it’s a pristine natural area attracting lots of birds and other wildlife.

George L Smith State Park Cypress Trees Mill Pond Emanuel County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

A relatively short walking trail follows the pond and affords views like these from one of several docks and overlooks.

George L Smith State Park Dock Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

George L Smith State Park Emanuel County GA Cypress Trees Mill Pond Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

George L Smith State Park Emanuel County Mill Pond Cypress Trees Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Take advantage of a peaceful hour or two and stop by when you’re in the area.

George L Smith State Park Parrish Millpond Recreational Boating Dock Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgai USA 2014

One of the most knowledgeable guides to the park is Wesley Hendley, who loves being on the water and has a real passion for the history of the area.

http://www.millpondkayak.com/html/interesting_links.html

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Little River, Cook County

Little River Cook County GA Natural Area Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

One of two Little Rivers in Georgia (the other is a tributary of the Etowah, in North Georgia), this river isn’t widely known beyond the immediate area. It’s collectively part of the Willacoochee-Withlacoochee-Alapaha-Little watershed that drains much of Southwest Georgia. A coalition devoted to protecting these rivers has been formed, as pollution from widespread chemical farming is an immediate concern to their health.

Little RIver Cook County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

To learn more about the Little or any of the other rivers in the watershed, visit:

http://www.wwals.net/ OR https://www.facebook.com/Wwalswatershed?ref=ts

 

 

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Ichawaynochaway Creek at Ichauway Plantation

Ichawaynochaway Creek at Woodruff Plantation Mitchell County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Various spellings have been attributed to this beautiful stream over the years and locals often shorten it to Notchaway Creek. It’s a Muskogee word thought to mean “the place where deer sleep”.

Ichawaynochaway Creek at Woodruff Plantation Mitchell County GA Notchaway Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Flint River at Vada Boat Landing

Flint River at Vada Boat Landing Mitchell County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

From the high bluffs at the Vada Boat Landing, the views of the Flint River are breathtaking. It’s a great place to take in the real grandeur of one of Georgia’s most beautiful waterways.

Flint River Recreation Ski Boat at Vada Landing Mitchell County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Fishing, recreational boating and water skiing are popular pastimes here.

Flint River Water Skier Skiing at Vada Landing Mitchell County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Aerial Views of the Altamaha River

Altamaha River Aerial Wayne County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Wayne County

As part of the Altamaha Riverkeeper’s ongoing efforts to monitor pollution, I was honored to be able to make an aerial survey of its lower reaches in 2012, culminating in one of my photographs being featured on the front page of the Savannah Morning News. It was a great opportunity that allowed me to really understand the size of the river and its complex ecosystem.

Altamaha RIver Aerial Everett City Glynn Couty GA Railroad Trestle Altamaha River Park Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Altamaha River Park & Trestle, Glynn County

Though it is a beautiful wilderness, especially when seen from the air, it’s among Georgia’s most polluted rivers. Georgia Power’s Plant Hatch on the Upper Altamaha in Appling County and Rayonier in Wayne County are the main culprits, but hopefully they will soon work harder to balance jobs and the environment. The jury is still out, but with legal actions being sought by Altamaha Riverkeeper, a cleaner river could be on the horizon.

Altamaha River Aerial McIntosh County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

McIntosh County

The wildest stretches of the river can be found in McIntosh County as the river reaches its delta and finally the Atlantic Ocean.

Altamaha River Delta Aerial McIntosh County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Altamaha River Delta, McIntosh County

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Paddling on the Altamaha, Wayne County

Canoe on the Altamaha River Early Morning Fog Wayne County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

As paddle sports gain popularity, it’s not an uncommon sight to see folks out early on South Georgia’s many rivers, taking in the natural beauty of their surroundings.

Canoe on the Altamaha River Early Morning Fog Detail Wayne County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Since these photos were made during the 2012 Paddle Georgia Altamaha River trip, kayaks and canoes just seem to be getting more popular every year.

Canoes and Kayaks on the Altamaha River Wayne County GA Fog Paddle Sports Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

These images were made at the Upper Wayne County Landing, a beautiful area of the Atlamaha.

Altamaha River Wayne County GA Early Morning Fog Bank Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

When the fog cleared, this was the view!

Altamaha River Daybreak Fog Wayne County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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