Georgia's Colonial Coast Birding Trail

Fort McAllister State Historic Park

Description: Fort McAllister saw considerable Civil War action during General William T. Sherman's March to the Sea. Located on the banks of the Ogeechee River, the site contains a mix of saltmarsh and forested habitats.

Types of Birds: Songbirds, wading birds, waterfowl

Best Birding Seasons: Songbirds (all), wading birds (all), waterfowl (winter)

Specialties: Painted bunting, wood duck, northern harrier, bald eagle, osprey

Tips: Painted buntings are most often seen in late spring through summer along the causeway. Look for migrating warblers during spring and fall migrations. Bald eagles are most often seen during the winter. Ospreys are most often seen in spring and summer. Look for northern harriers winging low over the marsh in winter.

Fee: $5 per vehicle parking fee or $45 annual ParkPass. Historic facilities admission: $3.50-$5.

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Saturday; 2-5 p.m. Sunday.

Telephone: (912) 727-2339

Fun Things to Do: Visit the remains of the fort.

Directions: Take Exit 90 off I-95 and travel east through Richmond Hill. Turn left on SR 144 Spur. This highway dead-ends at Fort McAllister. See the map.