Broxton Rocks Forest
The Broxton Rocks Forest is a 350 acre tract of land located in Coffee County. The GFC manages this property as a multiple use tract with timber as the primary objective, but strong consideration is given to soil and water conservation, wildlife and the landscape value of restoring longleaf pine. Two hundred ninety (290) acres are suited for growing timber and predominantly consist of planted loblolly and longleaf pine trees. Bottomland hardwoods, made up of creeks and drains, utilize 52 acres; and there is roughly 9 acres of rock outcrops which are a unique feature found in this region and thus the property's name. Prior to the states ownership, the property was owned and managed by the Nature Conservancy as part of its Broxton Rocks conservation priority area.
"The greater Broxton Rocks site, an area of approximately 30,000 acres in Coffee County, Georgia, is part of the South Atlantic Coastal Plain eco-regional portfolio. The site has been ranked within the highest of four categories for protection priority within Georgia. Highly dissected and biologically diverse sandstone outcrops are embedded in slash and loblolly pine plantations, and occasionally in natural longleaf pine - wiregrass woodlands." (Hodges 2007)
The GFC board recently approved the inclusion of this property as part of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Flat Tub Wildllife Management Area (WMA) as a foot travel only access tract. This property has a fairly easy walk (approximately .5 mile) to some of the famous "Broxton Rocks" outcroppings.
Broxton Rocks Forest Facts:
- Fee simple purchase by the GFC in 2004 with Forest Legacy funds.
- The forest is managed as a working forest. Multiple-use management occurs with nearly 100% of the acres in forest cover including longleaf and loblolly plantations. A unique pitcher plant bog exists on the tract and is managed as a special natural area.
- The forest is used by the GFC as an educational tool to share forest ecosystem information.
Visit the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website for information on hunting opportunities and regulations for the Flat Tub WMA located in Region 6.