The Little River Trail mentioned is a hiking trail, but it and Reed Bingham State Park (RBSP) are on the WWALS Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail. RBSP is the site of the annual WWALS and FORB BIG Little River Paddle Race and where last summer FORB invited WWALS to help fifty new boaters paddle.
Jared Ranahan, Forbes, August 7, 2020, Six Underrated Southern Destinations To Include On A Nature Lover’s Road Trip,
Forbes: Reed Bingham State Park, Underrated Southern Nature Lover Destination
“The gopher tortoise is a burrowing animal, and other creatures such as gopher frogs, indigo snakes, … [+] Georgia Department of Natural Resources”
Reed Bingham State Park
For those wishing to encounter a wide array of native Georgian flora and fauna, few destinations compare to Reed Bingham State Park, a 1,613-acre stretch of land located in the depths of rural southern Georgia. The park is rife with hiking trails that showcase the rich biodiversity of the region—the Little River Trail crosses through pristine swamp, offering glimpses of river otters, turtles, and bald cypress trees, while the short Turkey Oak Trail is home to native ectothermic species ranging from indigo snakes to Georgia’s own state reptile, the gopher tortoise. Be sure to spend some time exploring the banks of Reed Bingham Park Lake—this idyllic water feature is a popular local spot for kayaking and fishing.
Reed Bingham State Park is also the site of the annual BIG Little River Paddle Race, three miles downstream, which is a fundraiser for WWALS and Friends of Reed Bingham State Park (FORB). FORB is not to be confused with Forbes.
In June 2019, FORB invited WWALS to help new boaters with free boat rentals at Reed Bingham during the Cook County Fun Festival, which was a celebration of the centennial of Cook County, Georgia.
WWALS board member Dan Phillips and WWALS Executive Director Gretchen Quarterman were the stunt adults, boating with children whose parents did not want to get on the water. More than fifty boaters paddled that day.
Dan just happened to be pedaling his bicycle down the Turkey Oak Trail that day, found us there, and offered to help.
Thanks to FORB and Dianne Walters for the invitation. Pictures of that day by FORB.
Thanks to WWALS Outings Committee Chair Bobby McKenzie for spotting this Forbes article.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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