Grand Bay totals 1,350 acres and is part of a 18,000-acre wetlands complex of Carolina bays and forested swamp second in size only to Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia. Open from daylight Saturday until sundown Sunday, year-round, for outdoor sports including fishing, canoeing, hiking, camping, and deer and small game hunting. Boaters and canoeists enjoy this area. From a launch site on Knights Academy Road, 6 miles north of Valdosta off Highway 221, they can run a loop through a fascinating array of habitats in the area. Boat motors are limited to 10 hp.

Hikers can follow a 2,600-foot wooden walkway to a rebuilt fire tower. Here, hundreds of wood ducks nest in man-made boxes. There is also a 3-mile hiking trail through pine flatwoods and a camping area used on weekends, when planes from Moody Air Force Base are not using the adjacent bombing range.

There is no entry fee charged. For additional information please call 229-333-0052.

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