Big Hammock Natural Area & WMA provide public access to some of the most pristine land on the north side of the Altamaha River, featuring vast hardwood bottomlands, sand ridges, and numerous oxbow lakes (such as the one pictured here) and sloughs. Part of the property was designated a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service in 1976, and includes a large population of the rare Georgia Plume (Elliottia racemosa), as well as numerous other endangered and threatened plant and animal species.
Taylor Lake is a large oxbow near the access point.
The cavity of this ancient Blackgum, or Tupelo, (Nyssa sylvatica) was at least fifteen feet in height.
From the smallest skippers and wildflowers to alligators, wildlife abounds throughout Big Hammock.
The road varies from open to canopy. The canopied sections are the coolest, but beware the mosquitoes.
You’ll need a four-wheel-drive vehicle on most days if you’re driving to the river but these road signs probably won’t be much help.
Old Field Lake is a small slough surrounded by Tupelo trees which can be a clue as to past high water marks.
If you make it all the way to the river, you’ll be afforded a view like this one, at J. E. Stanfield Landing.