Dyar Pasture Recreation Area

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Sit on a quiet bench overlooking Dyar Pasture Recreation Area  and you might just feel invisible, less like an intruder and more a part of this 60-acre freshwater wetland less than 60 miles from Atlanta.  Witness an amazing display of birds and wildlife engaged in their natural rituals in this peaceful, middle-Georgia wetland.

What Will I See?
  • The area surrounds a large hardwood forest with loblolly pines for eagles and ospreys to perch.
  • A surprise visit by sandhill cranes foraging during their fall and spring migrations. Did you know they stand as tall as you?
  • A glimpse of a large mouth bass jumping in the Oconee River flowing lazily past the entrance area.
  • Bloodroot, trillium and wild geraniums-- harbingers of spring--accenting the trail with bursts of color.
  • Bald eagles and ospreys perched high in the trees along the wetland and river.
  • Sycamores, bald cypress, willows, oaks, maples and poplar trees in a blaze of fall color.
About This Destination

The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests provide the finest outdoor recreation opportunities and natural resources in Georgia. Featuring nearly 867,000 acres across 26 counties, hundreds of miles of clear-running streams and rivers, approximately 850 miles of recreation trails, and dozens of campgrounds, picnic areas, and other recreation activity opportunities, these lands are rich in natural scenery, history and culture. 

What Should I Know?

Amenities: Restrooms but no water, picnic tables, a quarter-mile interpretive nature trail, viewing deck and bench, boat ramp for launching boats on Lake Oconee, parking area for vehicles and trailers. 

Operating Hours: Open year-long from sunrise to sunset

Fees:  Boat launch and wildlife viewing facilities: $3/vehicle/day.  A Georgia fishing license and valid boat registration are required.

Reservations:  Reservations are not required.

Think Safety:  Although this area is part of a state Wildlife Management Area, no hunting is allowed.  When leaving your vehicle unattended, hide all valuable from view and secure your vehicle.  Always tell someone your plans, where you are going and when you expect to return.  Do not attempt to approach wildlife, and please pack out all trash.

Accessibility:  A wide, flat, unpaved quarter-mile interpretive nature trail leads from the parking area to the viewing platform, and is accessible to people with disabilities.  Restroom facilities are also fully accessible.

Location: Exit off I-20 at Greensboro GA, take U.S. 278 west for eight miles. Turn right onto Greshamville Rd. Turn right onto Copeland Rd.  Travel approximately 2.5 miles and turn right onto a dirt road through a pasture to the Dyar Pasture Waterfowl Conservation Area.