Watkinsville Woods in Watkinsville, Georgia, is a beautiful gift of nature located just 25 miles east of Atlanta. Imagined, designed, and maintained by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, this lush forested area has become a haven for outdoor recreation, natural beauty, and wildlife conservation. Information can be found here.

Watkinsville Woods was purchased by the state of Georgia in 2002 and consisted of 1,703 acres on two parcels of land, approximately 530 acres being situated on the western shore of Lake Oconee and 1173 acres situated south of the lake and encompassing the region known as Hard Labor Creek. The development of the property began in 2003 and has been an ongoing effort since that time. The goal of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources at Watkinsville Woods was to create a place for people to enjoy nature’s beauty and participate in a wide range of outdoor recreation activities. There are miles of hiking and biking trails and open areas to explore, providing public access to Lake Oconee. Fishing is also a favorite activity on the lake and river, with an abundance of bass, bream, and catfish. The forests and wetlands of Watkinsville Woods are home to numerous species of wildlife, including deer, turkey, rabbits, quail, ducks, and geese. Birdwatchers can often spot the osprey and great blue heron. The woodland also hosts many butterflies, an occasional bald eagle, and other raptors to delight the lucky visitor. See here for information about The Attraction of Patriot Park in Watkinsville, Georgia.