Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Hike At Seminole State Park Georgia. The Gopher Tortoise Trail….

MQTlogoa In Oct. 2016 we had to evacuate Daytona Beach Florida thanks to Hurricane Matthew. Where to go:: Lake Seminole located in the southwest corner of Georgia along its border with Florida. Thanks to VRBO we found a cottage on the lake and had the opportunity to spend a couple days with excellent weather.
DSC_0186 Gopher Tortoise Nature Trail is a 2.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Donalsonville, GA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
DSC_0188DSC_0189 Most times you can walk this trail and not see another person.

“Seminole State Park:: The southwest Georgia park is on beautiful Lake Seminole, a 37,500-acre reservoir with excellent boating, fishing and birding. Cottages, many campsites and even picnic shelters sit near the water’s edge.” (Several people were camped here having evacuated the east coast of Florida because of  Hurricane Matthew.

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“Wildlife is abundant throughout Seminole, and a nature trail leads past gopher tortoise burrows and one of the largest longleaf pine forests in a Georgia state park. Observant visitors may also see alligators, osprey, bald eagles and other wildlife. Nearby wildlife management areas provide great duck and deer hunting.”
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGopher tortoises are dry-land turtles that usually live in relatively well-drained, sandy soils generally associated with longleaf pine and dry oak sandhills. They also live in scrub, dry hammock, pine flatwoods, dry prairie, coastal grasslands and dunes, mixed hardwood-pine communities, and a variety of habitats that have been disturbed or altered by man, such as power line rights-of-way, and along roadsides.” READ MORE
DSC_0233 Back at the lake cottage after a “Quality time” hike on The Gopher Tortoise Trail at Seminole Lake State Park Georgia.

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