Berry College Wildlife Management Area

Berry College WMA is one of 133 Wildlife Management Areas in Georgia. It encompasses 15,029 acres of the Berry College campus, outside of Rome in the North Georgia Mountain region. It is jointly administered by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Berry College.  

The ecosystem of this area is longleaf-pine/grassland. There are two reservoirs within the WMA. It’s a native habitat to the now-rare longleaf pine, and home to many types of wildlife, including: black bear, wild turkeys, and deer, all of which are hunted here during their designated seasons. It is also home to bald eagles, peregrine falcons, and fox squirrels.   

I happened upon this site randomly via freecampsites.net as a spot to van-camp in April 2017, on my way to drop RaggedyCrow off at Amicalola Falls SP for his Appalachian Trail start the following day.

Access to the WMA is free, but hunting requires the purchase of a license. There are two free camping areas in the WMA; we stayed in the eastern location, which is accessed by CCC Road off of Old Summerville Rd NW in Rome. Other recreational opportunities include hiking, wildlife-watching, and equestrian trails.

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