Plan Your Visit

Bond Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is one of over 560 refuges scattered across the United States. It is managed by Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge.


Bond Swamp is located along the Ocmulgee River in Bibb and Twiggs counties, Georgia, approximately six miles south of the city of Macon. The Refuge may be visited by taking I-75 to I-16 East to Exit 6, Route 23/129 South and heading south.

The Bond Swamp Visitor Center is located at the Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge, which is located approximately 25 miles north of Macon. To reach the Piedmont Refuge Visitor Center, exit I-75 at Exit 186 in Forsyth and drive east along Juliette Rd. for 18 miles.

Administration Office:
Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge
718 Round Oak-Juliette Road
Round Oak, Georgia 31038

Telephone and Fax Number:
(478) 986-5441
(478) 986-9646 - fax

Office Open:
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Weekdays
The Office is Closed on all Federal Holidays.
Email for General Questions and Info:
piedmont@fws.gov.

 

Hiking trail Map

 

Points of Interest:
Brown’s Mount is an 189 acre ecological feature that rises steeply above the Ocmulgee River basin just south of the City of Macon, Georgia. It forms the northeast boundary of Bond Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Questions about Browns Mount should be directed to the Refuge office at 478-986-5441.

History of Brown’s Mount:
Brown’s Mount is named for its original owner George A. Brown. However the importance of this site to the region comes from its lengthy history of human occupation.
  
The site was occupied ca. 950-1000 A.D. Brown’s Mount is a contributing property to the Ocmulgee Old Fields, a well-documented traditional cultural property associated with the Creek Nation. The Creeks established a number of towns on the Ocmulgee River in the late 17th century. Although these towns were abandoned by 1730s, the area continued to play an important role in Creek culture and trade. The Creeks were pushed from this land by English and American settlers by 1835.

In the early 1800’s Daniel and Nancy Moon Rogers lived here. Their family cemetery is still on the northeastern side of the Mount. In 1840’s Charles Lyell came to research and document the surrounding environments. In 1846, Lyell called Brown’s Mount a place of “great siliceous casts of fossil shells and corals… that belong to the Eocene Period.” The famous central Georgia poet, Harry Stillwell Edwards built a writing cabin on the Mount in 1918 calling it “Mt Talemeco”. He is believed to have written the famous poem, “On the Mount”, from his cabin during the first World War as he listened to the soldiers below at the military training base, Camp Wheeler. His cabin burned down in the 1950’s but its chimney and foundation can still be seen on the top of the Mount.
Browns Mount was bought by Myrtle and Henry Simmons in 1938. Mrs. Simmons farmed the land until her husband died and then she sold the property to the Macon Museum of Arts and Science in 1993 with the understanding that it would be preserved and not commercialized. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, through the River Care Funding, purchased the property in 2000 and designated it as a Natural Heritage Preserve. Through a management agreement between the State of Georgia and the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, 165 acres of Browns Mount became part of Bond Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in July 2006.


Know Before You Go:
The refuge is open during daylight hours, sunrise to sunset.

Warning:
Ticks and chiggers are present throughout the year and are especially bad in the summer and early fall. Biting yellow-flies are also present in the summer. Use a strong insect repellent.

The Beaver Swap Loop trail may be closed due to flooding during periods of heavy rain in the winter and spring months.