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Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Mansfield, GA   Hike: Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 17 2014  2:30 pm >> Sat, May 17 2014 4:30 pm  (Carpool Departure: 1:20 pm   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Thu, May 15 2014 7:07 am
Registration Cut Off: Sat, May 17 2014 12:12 pm
Event Duration:2 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D2: Easy to Moderate
Distance:4.75 Miles
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:12
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: Yes


Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center (CEWC) is a pristine 6400-acre GA DNR nature preserve less than an hour's drive east of Atlanta (15 miles SE of Covington, GA near I-20).  It is an excellent destination for hikers, with more than 10 miles of well marked forested trails that loop around its lovely lakes and granite outcrops.

We will meet at the Charlie Elliot Visitor Center Parking lot.  We will hike the Granite Outcrop Trail, Murder Creek Trail, Clubhouse Trail, and White Trail for about a 4.5 mile loop.

The Visitor Center is very nice, and after our hike is completed, anyone who would like can spend some time inside.  The visitor center contains a collection of books, photographs and other hunting and fishing memorabilia that Charlie Elliott donated. The museum also houses a replica of Charlie's actual den, interactive wildlife exhibits, and a freshwater fish aquarium. A bird-viewing alcove overlooks habitat ponds and a native plant garden.  There is also a Gift Gallery with apparel, field guides, birdfeeders and other unique gift items for sale.

  • There are restrooms and water fountains located at the visitor center.
  • The visitor center is open Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 - 4:30.


After the hike, we can stop for dinner at a good Mexican restaurant in Covington for anyone who would like.

Required Items to Bring:
  • Water or sports drink (1 liter recommended)
  • Good hiking shoes
Recommended Items to Bring:
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  • Camera
  • A small snack
  • Cash or credit card in case you find anything you may desire at the gift shop.

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

From the I-20 / I-285 interchange on the EAST side of Atlanta...

1. Take I-20 E toward Augusta for about 31 miles and exit to your Right at Exit #98, "GA-11".

2. Turn Right onto GA-11 (toward Monticello) and go straight ahead about 9.5 miles to its junction with Marben Farm Road. (En route you'll pass through the town of Mansfield.  Look for the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center directional sign at the Marben Farm Rd junction.)

3. Turn Left onto Marben Farm Road and go 1.0 mile to Elliott Trail.

4. Turn Right onto Elliott Trail and go 0.5 mile to the Visitor Center parking lot.  

ENTERED "DESTINATION" for use with GPS Navigation or in conjunction with above directions:  
: 543 Elliott Trail, Mansfield, GA 30055.
LAT/LON COORDINATES: N33.46151, W83.73300

Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):0Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 1:20 pm
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