Cay Creek Wetlands

Midway Georgia

These days parks, creeks, swamps, mountains, beaches are safe ways to breakaway from boredom and explore.

We got a tip from the park ranger at a Revolutionary War Fort about this unknown gem in Liberty County Georgia.  Husband and I love the swamps of Coastal Georgia and South Carolina and this one was no exception.  With our lunch packed into a cooler, bug repellent, and wearing good shoes we were off on our journey.

From Savannah we  travelled south on Interstate 95 to exit 76 and drove west.  It’s just a short drive and it will be on the left.

At the entrance there is a picnic area, and interpretive signs that show how dry uplands meet with low wetlands to create a unique nature system.

Open Wetland
Open Wetland
Cay Creek Wetlands boardwalk
Entrance to one mile boardwalk

In the afternoon sun of south Georgia and the trees full of hanging spanish moss, you will rely on the shadows to get cooled off.

Cay Creek boardwalk
Bridge over the swampy creek covered in green algae

The shadows cast a serene look on the water

Cay Creek wetlands
Trees down in the wetlands,
Plants and moss
Plants and grass in the wetlands
Spanish Moss
Spanish Moss is an air plant

🕷 Hint for visitors to the area:  Do not wear the moss as a necklace….it has bugs in it that will make you itch

The scenery changed as we walked along the trail.  The feeling of going deep into the woods was setting in on me.  The mosquitos were hungry and huge.  There was not anyone in site, and my instincts were on high alert.

Thank goodness for that, because we were not alone.

Black snake
Black water snake

Just under my feet…….yikes!

Black snake
Watch your step

Just about then I heard a growl of some sort, so that was my cue to get out of Dodge 🙂

I turned around and skipped past the wildflowers and berries….

Wildflowers
Wildflowers

Past the ferns…..

Ferns
Ferns and palmetto bushes

Back onto dry land…

Boardwalk at Cay Creek Wetlands
Boardwalk through the forest

And back to the beginning with thoughts of a return trip very soon to climb the birding tower.

Cay Creek Wetlands
Entry sign at Cay Creek Wetlands

“Walk quietly as you very well may see a small timid alligator trying to hide, a busy beaver, a boar rooting in the wetlands, a deer playing in the marsh grass, a raccoon busy looking for crayfish, a possum or an armadillo just wandering through the wetlands looking for some food, just to name a few animals that call Cay Creek their home”.

To read more about this gift of nature click here

 

Shadowy Explorations

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