Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center
Other Recreational Opportunities
Following is a listing of several other opportunities available at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center (CEWC).
Several 3-D targets of various sizes and ranges provide a unique opportunity to practice archery. Rules are posted at the beginning of the trail, which is located adjacent to the 100-yard shooting range off Marben Farm Road (CEWC's north entrance road). Stay straight past Elliott Trial, and turn left into the next driveway to go to the trial. Open daily from sunrise to sunset. A Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass (GORP) is now required when using the archery trails on Charlie Elliott property (you do not need a GORP for use of Education Center Facilities or Education Center trails).
The Charlie Elliott Chapter of the Atlanta Astronomy Club meets at the Visitors' Center once a month and frequently views the night sky from an on-site observing field. Visit http://ceastronomy.org for starting times, highlights of presentations, and the latest on special events that may come up during the year.
The wide range of habitats found at the CEWC provide critical habitat for many bird species, both common and rare. Over 200 bird species use these diverse habitats. Therefore, CEWC was designated an Important Bird Area in 2002 by the Atlanta Audubon Society. Bring your binoculars and field guides, and see how many species you can find! Bird Species Checklists are available at the Visitors' Center or by selecting these two links: Checklist page 1. A Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass (GORP) is now required for birdwatching on Charlie Elliott property (you do not need a GORP for use of Education Center Facilities or Education Center trails).
Camping is allowed only in the designated primitive campground area, and no reservations are taken. Sites are available on a first-come first-served basis and each has room for a tent, a fire ring and a picnic table. Camping is limited to 14 consecutive days. Loaded firearms are prohibited in camping areas. No noise is allowed after 10 p.m. or before 7 a.m. in such a manner that may be heard by other campers. A Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass (GORP) is now required for camping on Charlie Elliott property (You do not need a GORP for use of Education Center Facilities or Education Center trails).
Two shooting ranges (50- & 100-yard) offer recreational shooters a chance to take aim! Visitors are asked to sign in at the range and abide by the posted rules. A DNR range safety officer can help you with any questions. You must bring your own eye and ear protection, targets and target stands. The target should be high enough for the round to strike the backstop berm and not the ground, thereby reducing the chance of it skipping off and escaping the range. You must remove all of your trash before leaving the range complex, including spent brass and used targets. Shooting Range hours are Tuesday - Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Plans for building your own target stands are available at the Visitor's Center. All range rules are strictly enforced. A minimum $250 fine is imposed for shooting outside range operating hours. A Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass (GORP) or a qualifying license is required when using the shooting range on Charlie Elliott property (You do not need a GORP for use of Education Center Facilities or Education Center trails).
Click HERE for more information on shooting ranges requiring GORP!
Several miles of hiking trails provide the perfect opportunity to explore various habitats and to view wildlife. Try our 5.6-mile multiuse trail for horseback riding, non-motorized biking and hiking. We also offer a Driving Trail, which begins and ends at the entrance information boards (where brochures are available). Hiking trail and multi-use trail maps are available at the Visitor's Center. Some trails may be closed due to logging or construction. The multiuse trail also is closed during firearms deer hunts and from sunrise until 10 a.m. during archery and turkey hunts. Dogs are allowed on trails but must be on a leash at all times. Horses are required to have current Coggins test results. A Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass (GORP) is now required when using trails on Charlie Elliott property (You do not need a GORP for use of Education Center Facilities or Education Center trails).
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and contribute to the community. Regular and occasional help is needed with educational programs, kids fishing events, gardening, trail maintenance and more! In addition to the good feeling when helping others, CEWC volunteering brings other perks too - like a 10 percent discount on clothing and 5 percent on other items in our Gift Gallery! For more information on how to offer your time and talents, please call our Volunteer Coordinator at (770) 784-3060.
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