Visitor Activities

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The Piedmont NWR Visitor Center provides visitors a more enhanced refuge experience. The Visitor Center is open between the hours of 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday year-round, except closed on Federal Holidays. You may obtain permits and maps at the visitor center. Visitors can get a full interpretive experience at the Piedmont NWR Visitor Center by viewing the refuge’s 12-minute orientation video and exploring the exhibits.


  • Hunting

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    Hunting Opportunities includes Deer Hunting, Small Game Hunting, Turkey Hunting and Upland Bird Hunting.

    Established in 1939 on abandoned farm land with little wildlife, Piedmont NWR has been returned restored to upland pine and pine-hardwood forest where wildlife thrive. Georgia hunters, who know the refuge, know it is a great place to pursue deer and turkey over 35,000 acres of forested habitat.

    The refuge also offers small game hunting opportunities for squirrel, rabbit, quail and raccoon. All hunting requires a refuge specific permit. Some hunts are a lottery drawing.


    All big-game hunting, except deer-archery, is offered as quota drawn hunts. A refuge hunt permit is required for all hunting.

    If you have a question about required hunting licenses, hunting seasons, or how to obtain quota hunt applications or refuge hunt permits, contact the refuge office by phone at 478-986-5441 or by email at

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  • Fishing

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    Sport fishing on Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge is permitted only in creeks and on ponds designated as open to fishing. There are fishing piers located at Pond 2A, Pond 21 and Allison Lake. A refuge permit is required to fish and all state regulations are in effect. Permits may be obtained at the Refuge Visitor Center or by contacting us. 

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  • Wildlife Viewing

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    On Piedmont NWR, early morning and late afternoon are the best time to observe and photograph wildlife. The refuge is open year round during daylight hours except during fall deer hunts.

    Piedmont NWR Trail Map

    From every state and all parts of the globe, about 40 million people visit each year, especially for the chance to see concentrations of wildlife and birds.  The National Wildlife Refuge System’s extensive trail system, boardwalks, observation decks, hunting and photography blinds, fishing piers and boat launches encourage visitors to discover America’s best wildlife spectacles.

  • Interpretation

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    A number of exhibit panels are located around the walking trail off the Little Rock Wildlife Drive that aid visitors in interpreting the natural features of the refuge. This trail is seasonally closed from November 15 through February 15.

  • Photography

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    A photography and observation blind is located along the Allison Lake Trail. A checklist for birds is available. Spring bird migration occurs during late March through early May while fall migration peaks in September and October. January and February are the best months to see waterfowl.

  • Environmental Education

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    Schools and other groups must make a reservation for a field trip, generally at least three weeks in advance, although dates can be scheduled several months in advance. To make a reservation, call (478) 986-5441 or email the Refuge at

    Visits may range from a few hours to an entire school day. Staff assistance is available to help with planning. Groups are expected to abide by the refuge's rules and regulations, and must provide adequate adult supervision. Students must always be accompanied by an adult.