McIntosh Reserve Park – Whitesburg, Georgia

McIntosh Reserver Park Entrance SignMcIntosh Reserve Park – Whitesburg, Carroll County, Georgia

Trail: River Trail and Beaver Pond Trail

Directions: Take Interstate 20 West from Atlanta.  Take Exit 34, Georgia Highway 5 and Turn Left.  Go back over I-20 and continue south to Whitesburg (about 23 miles).  Go through the round about in Whitesburg, staying on Highway 5 South and continue on for another 1.8 miles.  Turn Left onto West McIntosh Circle.  The road will lead into the park.  Everyone must check in at the Rangers Station.

General Information:

Horseshoe PrintTerrain: These two trails are flat.  Other trails throughout the park have small hills.

Distance: Approximately 2 miles – Out and back

Family Oriented: Yes, nice trail for kids.

Dogs Allowed: Yes, must be on a leash.

Hours: Park Office: 8-5 daily : Park is open 8 to 8 during the Summer and 8 to 7 During the Winter.

Fees:

  • Entrance: Free for residents of Carroll County, non-residents are $3.00 per car.
  • Equestrian Trail Fees: $3.00 per horse, per day
  • Camping Fees: Non-resident $15.00 per site, per night
  • Bike Fee: $2.00 per bike, per day
  • There are other fees for weddings, model airplanes and picnic shelters.

Walking BridgeAbout: The River Trail runs along the Chattahoochee river.  The river bank is about ten feet above the shoreline.  It is very flat and well maintained.  There are parts of it that are sandy and muddy (especially after a good rain).  The Beaver Pond Trail runs around a marsh like pond.  It, like the river trail, is flat and can be boggy in locations.  Both trails also run along a very large grassy field that is used as a model airplane landing strip.

The park itself is owned and maintained by Carroll County Parks and Recreation Department.  It is a multi-use park.  The uses include horseback riding, model airplane, hiking, fishing, camping, day picnic use, bike riding and weddings.  It’s about 527 acres of rolling hills and flat land.

The park is named after Chief William McIntosh Jr. of the Lower Creeks.  The park has an 1840s style log cabin on site that is similar to the one Chief McIntosh lived in. The park hosts a Native American Pow-wow every year in the Fall.

FieldThe Hike: This was a late Winter hike.  It was the middle of March and the temperature couldn’t be more perfect.  We arrived at the park around 10:30 and parked at one of the many numerous picnic areas.  We saw four horses with riders go by on one of the other trails.  Then we were off.  Some of the trees had started blooming, but most were still dormant.  We turned a corner and heard the sound of rushing water.  There had been a lot of rain recently and the Chattahoochee River had risen and was overflowing its banks.

The trail continued on along beside the river where thickets grew.  Birds were darting in and out of them as we walked down the trail.  In fact, birds were chirping during out entire hike.

CabinWe turned away from the river and starting heading next to the beaver pond.  The trail actually travelled beside the large field.  The field was grass and the trail was a wide cut swath.  We could hear a large amount of frogs singing their love songs trying to find a mate.  They continued until we got closer to them.  There were turtles sunning themselves on fallen trees in the pond.  The pond was more of a marsh then a pond.  There were some open water areas, but still very brackish.  One note of warning, because you are walking alongside the field, the sun will beat down on you.  Make sure you wear your sunscreen for this hike.

There were a few different flowers in bloom and we even saw a few butterflies.

Hoping you next hike is Relaxing, Safe and Inspiring,

Russell

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