Georgia's Colonial Coast Birding Trail

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site

Description: From l800 to 1915 this site was a thriving rice plantation. Today the 1,268-acre historic site is a mix of saltmarsh, pasture and flatwoods.

Types of Birds: Birds of prey, songbirds, wading birds, waterfowl

Best Birding Seasons: Birds of prey (winter), songbirds (all), wading birds (all), waterfowl (winter)

Specialties: Wood stork, bald eagle, osprey, glossy ibis, painted bunting, yellow-throated warbler, sharp-tailed sparrow, northern parula.

Tips: Ospreys are most common spring to summer. Look for warblers during spring and fall migrations. Northern parulas and yellow-throated warblers can be found in spring and summer. Clapper rails and marsh wrens can be seen and/or heard in the marshes throughout the year.

Fee: Museum and picnic areas free. For tour of grounds and plantation house: $5 per adult, $4.50 per senior (62 and older), $2.50 for children ages 6-18.

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Plantation tours on the hour 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Telephone Number: (912) 264-7333

Fun Things to Do: Explore the museum and learn about early rice culture.

Directions: Exit I-95 at SR 251 (Briardam Road) which is Exit 49. Travel east on SR 251 to the Junction of US 17. Turn right (south) onto US 17 and continue through Darien. The entrance to the historic site is on the left approximately six miles south of Darien. See the map.