Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge
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Frequently Asked Questions


Where can I get printed information on wildlife refuges in Central Georgia?

Mail the request to:
Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge
718 Juliette Road
Round Oak, GA 31038

Or call (478) 986-5441

Download at http://www.fws.gov/southeast/publications/pubref.html or email request to Piedmont@fws.gov

What are National Wildlife Refuges?
Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge is part of a larger system of over 560 refuges. The National Wildlife Refuge System, administered by the US Fish & Wildlife Service, was established in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt. National Wildlife Refuges cover over 93 million acres and can be found in all 50 states. The objective of the refuge system is to preserve a network of lands and waters for the conservation and management of fish and wildlife. Refuges not only provide essential habitat for wildlife, they offer opportunitiest for people to experience the beauty of nature.

Why are there National Wildife Refuges in Central Georgia?
Piedmont and Bond Swamp National Wildlife Refuges protect and provide habitat for a variety of wildlife and plants. Protected wildlife include Red Cockaded Woodpeckers, Robust Redhorse, Shortnose Sturgeon and the Bald Eagle.

Is there public access on your refuge?
The refuge is open to public access year round during daylight hours. Please see the refuge brochure, refuge map and the Piedmont hunting regulations for more details.

Can I bring my dog with me to the wildlife refuge?
Yes, dogs on a leash are allowed. Dogs off a leash are allowed during small game season only. Please see our hunting regulations for more information on hunting with dogs during our small game season.

Are there any fees to visit your refuge?
No. However, there are fees associated with our big game hunts.

Can I camp on the refuge?
Camping and open fires are only permitted in the designated campground in conjunction with refuge big game and turkey hunts. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will also allow Scout groups to camp in return for service projects, outside of the big game season. For more information please call the Refuge at (478) 986-5441.

Do I need a WMA stamp?
No. WMA stamps are required for State Wildlife Management Areas. Piedmont Refuge is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Hunters must possess a valid Georgia hunting license and a signed refuge hunt permit. Deer quota hunts and turkey hunts require special use permits, which are obtained through an application and drawing process. Anglers must possess a valid Georgia fishing license and a signed refuge permit.

Can my classroom visit the refuge?
Sure! Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge has an enviromental education progam. Please visit the education webpage or call (478) 986-5441 to find out how your class can get involved.

Are there hunting and fishing opportunities on the refuge?
Yes, Piedmont NWR is a popular hunting and fishing spot in Central Georgia. For more information on our hunting and fishing programs, please see our hunting and fishing web pages.

What should I do if I find an injured wild animal?
If you have found an injured wild animal, take a few minutes to read the following.

  • Please do not handle any wild animal. Contact a wildlife rehabilitator as soon as possible. To find one near you, call your local animal shelter, animal control officer or Georgia Department of Natural Resources Conservation Ranger.
  • Never handle a large bird of prey, raccoon, skunk, deer or oppossum that appears alert and responsive. The animals have powerful talons, teeth, legs and claws.
  • Keep a safe distance from the animal and do what you can to protect it from harassment from pets and other people.

How do I become a volunteer?
Various opportunities for a volunteer to have a rewarding and educational experience exist at Piedmont. Volunteers serve for a long or short term period. Help is needed in a variety of fields including interpretation, environmental education, biological surveys, maintenance and resource management. To learn more about volunteer opportunities contact the refuge at piedmont@fws.gov or visit our Volunteers web page.

How can I get a job with the USFWS?
Visit www.usajobs.opm.gov/ for current listings of jobs with the Federal Government.

Where can I see the Red Cockaded Woodpecker?
The refuge trail system, including the 2.9 mile Red-cockaded Woodpecker Trail, offers excellent opportunities for bird watchers. Also, many nesting sites are observable from refuge access roads. Bachman's sparrows can be observed in many red-cockaded sites during the nesting season. Refuge personnel can provide directions to the best bird-viewing sites throughout the year. Check out our refuge bird list for a comprehensive list of species found on the refuge and the RCW webpage for more information on these endangered birds.

Did you have a wildfire on the refuge?
Probably not. We do occasionaly have wildfires on the refuge, but what you're probably seeing is the product of one of our prescribed (controlled) burns. We use controlled burns as a management tool to encourage growth of food plants in the pine forests and improve the habitat for the Red Cockaded Woodpecker. Frequent fires create an open forest, with large pines, little to no mid-story and a diverse herbaceous groundcover.

Do you have any walking trails on the refuge?
Yes, we have over 7 miles of walking trails on the refuge, ranging from easy to moderate in difficulty. These trails are located in two areas, the Wildlife Drive area and the Allison Lake area. Check out our walking trail tearsheet for a detailed map of the trails.



Last updated: September 29, 2009