Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge

Facility Activities

A parking area and three interconnecting walking trails are located adjacent to Allison Lake and the visitor center. These trails are limited to foot travel and involve some moderate walking over uneven and hilly terrain. The 0.9 mile Allison Lake Trail and the 1.1 mile Pine & Creek Trails interconnect and provide foot access through mixed pine-hardwood habitat and views of Allison Lake. The Red-Cockaded Woodpecker (RCW) Trail is 2.9 miles starting at Allison Lake and travels through an active RCW site. Cavity trees are characterized by accumulations of sap around the cavity and are marked by a painted white stripe around the tree at 4.5 feet high.

The Little Rock Wildlife Drive is a 6-mile self-guided auto tour route over narrow graveled roads. Many different habitats can be observed including uplands pine, hardwoods, native grass fields, creeks, a pond and seasonally flooded areas. There are two hiking trails located near Pond 21 on the Drive that provide hiking opportunities.

The Dragonfly Trail is 1-mile loop around the 10 acre pond. The Little Rock Hiking Trail, starting at pond 21 on the Wildlife Drive, is a 1-mile loop along a gravel road through open native grass fields and seasonally flooded impoundments. This trail is seasonally open from February 16 to November 14 and is closed during peak waterfowl use.
 

Established in 1939 on abandoned farmland with little wildlife, Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge has been restored to upland pine and pine-hardwood forest where wildlife thrive. Georgia hunters know the refuge is a great place to pursue deer and turkey over 35,000 acres of forested habitat. The...

Fishing is allowed from sunrise to sunset March 15-September 30. Freshwater species are largemouth bass, sunfish and catfish.

Take your pick of 2,100 miles of refreshing trails and boardwalks. Whether you want a short, easy walk or a challenging hike, you’re likely to find what you want. Some trails are paved and universally accessible. Some trails include displays on visual arts, local history and culture or environmental education.
Many refuges champion wildlife viewing as a key recreational activity.
Whether you wield a smartphone or a zoom lens, you’ll find photo-worthy subjects at national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries. Wildlife photography is a priority public use on national wildlife refuges, so you’ll find wildlife drives and blinds and overlooks to help you get the images you’re after.