The Thomasville area offers many opportunities to get back to nature by observing birds and other wildlife in their native habitats.
You can see a lot without even straying far from Eastern Pines RV Park. Children and adults alike will enjoy the Birdsong Nature Center, which has 12 miles of hiking trails, attracts over 160 species of birds, and even features a butterfly garden from April to November! Let Tall Timbers Research Station be your starting point for exploring the 300,000 acres of undeveloped land between Thomasville and Tallahassee known as the Red Hills Region. There you can see several rare species of endangered birds on land largely unchanged for over 100 years!
A bit further afield, head out to Southlands Forest to experience an Audubon-designated Important Bird Area. Or, if you’re lucky, you may be able to spot osprey and bald eagles at Seminole State Park. And you can gaze not just at birds but also at undisturbed hardwoods, some measuring more than 10 feet in circumference and others over 100 feet high, at the Lost Creek Forest.
If you happen to be in the Thomasville area on the second Saturday in May, you can witness peacock calling at the annual Peacock Day festival in nearby Pavo. There’s a parade and tons of fun for the kids too, including arts and crafts, sack races, and plenty of food!