Tag Archives: Altamaha River

McNatt Falls, Toombs County


McNatt Falls is an area along the Altamaha featuring numerous fishing cabins, mostly second homes, characterized by their elevation on stilts to protect from flooding. While many of the structures are recycled mobile homes, many newer, more modern cabins are being built.


Water is usually at dock level here, but the 2011 drought has had a major impact on water levels on the Altamaha and nearly all rivers in Georgia.



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Brantley-Haynes Memorial at Gray’s Landing, Toombs County


This monument was placed memory of Bennie, Gladys, Faye & Samuel Brantley, and Franklin Haynes, who lost their lives in a boating accident at Gray’s Landing on 12 July 1956. Belinda Brantley writes: My husband had this placed, I think in the 90s. He said that he couldn’t give his Daddy (Bennie) and his sister (Gladys) anything else. My husband was in the boat also, but a bystander jumped in to save him. His mother could never find out who it was, but my husband met the man at Cornerstone Baptist one night, thanks to Roy Mimbs. He was on leave at the time of the accident, and went back to the Navy a day or two later. Like Frankie said it was a day no one that was there could ever forget. Frankie Haynes Astrauckus recalls: I was in the accident that day at Gray’s Landing. I’ve never been back. Today online, I saw the Memorial placed there in memory of my father, Frank Haynes, Uncle Benny Brantley, cousins, Gladys, Faye and Skeets (Samuel). It’s touching and it is beautiful. Thank you to all the people who came along side our family the days following… Thank you for placing that Memorial to remind us of many things… as a community we lost family, friends and neighbors. Life changed for many of us that afternoon. The loss was profound and they are still missed by those of us who knew them. Some of them were heroes amidst the calamity. I know, I experienced what it means, “greater love has no man than this, that he that would lay down his life for his friends’. That morning as we were on the way to Gray’s Landing, Gladys, Faye and I were singing an old song, “How Far is Heaven”. (I think it was popular in the 50s). They found out- that same day!


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U.S. Highway 1 Bridge, Toombs County


This bridge, at the Appling-Toombs County line near English Eddy, is a busy viaduct in the shadow of the Southern Company nuclear power facility, Plant Hatch.


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Hughes Old River Club, Long County


This is a private fishing and hunting club on an oxbow of the Altamaha River known as Hughes Old River. I’m grateful to the caretaker for allowing me permission to photograph here.



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Paradise Park Fishing Camp, Wayne County


Paradise Park is a pay-per-day fishing camp, located just off the Altamaha River. There are a few cabins and trailers on land and these floating fishing cabins.


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Middleton Lake, Long County


Middleton Lake is one of numerous oxbows of the Altamaha River. Here in Long County, the fabled river is nearing its rendezvous with the Atlantic Ocean and is at its wildest.


This is a relatively unspoiled area, known mostly to local fishermen and a few naturalists.


Though it has been logged in the past, it’s now largely protected. Tupelo (Nyassa aquatica) of a size large enough for a couple of men to stand inside are not unheard of.


An interesting feature of Middleton Lake is this walkway, which I first thought might have been a log tramway. Ronnie Goode explained: This walkway was built by mybrother Jackie Goode & Frank McClelland Jr. around 1966. They built it for Brown Jones who was sheriff at that time. My granddaddy, Mr. Preston Gordon lived in a small cabin at the lake during the summer months and watched over the fishing in the lake. He lived there probably from 1952 till about 1958.

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Tales from the Altamaha, Lyons

tales from the altamaha lyons ga mural photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgai usa 2011

This mural highlights the historical play, Tales from the Altamaha, which has become a much-anticipated local event. It’s based on the stories of folklore and cultural history collected by Colonel Thomas Ross Sharpe. A native of the part of Tattnall County which became Toombs County in 1905, Colonel Sharpe (1893 – 1968) served Toombs County as a State Representative, and helped organize the Altamaha EMC.

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Big Hammock Natural Area, Tattnall County

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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.

big hammock altamaha river taylor lake photogaph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2011

Taylor Lake is a large oxbow near the access point.

Big Hammock Cavity Color

The cavity of this ancient Blackgum, or Tupelo, (Nyssa sylvatica) was at least fifteen feet in height.

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From the smallest skippers and wildflowers to alligators, wildlife abounds throughout Big Hammock.

big hammock altamaha river road photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2011

The road varies from open to canopy. The canopied sections are the coolest, but beware the mosquitoes.

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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.

big hammock altamaha river old field lake photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2011

Old Field Lake is a small slough surrounded by Tupelo trees which can be a clue as to past high water marks.

big hammock altamaha river stanfield landing photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2011

If you make it all the way to the river, you’ll be afforded a view like this one, at J. E. Stanfield Landing.


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Riverboat Captain Byrd Mobley, Ben Hill County

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This is the Mobley Cemetery, burial place of Captain Byrd Mobley (16 October 1850-27 November 1925) and his family. Because the gravesite has always been marked with a Confederate flag, I assumed that Captain Mobley had been involved in the Civil War. But upon further study I realized this was very unlikely to be the case. He would have been just fourteen years old at the end of the war. I have been unable to locate him in any regimental histories.

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This area along the Ocmulgee River, at the Ben Hill County Public Boat Landing, is known as Mobley Bluff. Carlton E. Morrison’s invaluable history, Running the River: Poleboats, Steamboats & Timber Rafts On the Altamaha, Ocmulgee, Oconee & Ohoopee, confirms that Captain Mobley had indeed piloted a passenger steamboat known as The Cumberland for W. A. Willcox. The Cumberland made regular runs between Hawkinsville and Darien in the 1880s and 1890s. For those interested in the history of river life in South Georgia during the latter half of the 19th century, Carlton Morrison’s Running the River is a treasure trove.


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Lady Lupine, Long County

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This beautiful native plant (Lupinus villosus) is quite abundant at Griffin Ridge, in the Altamaha River floodplain of Long County.

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