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First Alcovy evening hike a success
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Future hikes

The evening guided hikes will be given on four Thursday throughout the summer. The hikes begin at 7 p.m. at the Alcovy Conservation Center, 11600 Hazelbrand Rd., Covington, GA 30014.

Here are the dates:
Thursday, June 14
Thursday, June 28
Thursday, July 12
Thursday, July 26

The Alcovy Conservation Center has begun an evening hike tradition.

The first hike that took place on the trails along Cornish Creek and the Alcovy River was on May 31 at 7 p.m.

The free educational hike was led by Georgia Wildlife Federation staff members. These wildlife professionals educated the group of roughly 15 people on all the different species and folklore associated with the area.

Jon Tonge, Communications Manager of the GWF, said the area was unique because along these trails is where Northern habitat meets Southern habitat. It's interesting for hikers who want to see the different types of plants and animals associated with both areas.

Among the laid out area for the hikers to tour is the Tupelo Swamp. The swamp spans a range of between forty and fifty acres of land.

"We had about four or five families come," said Tonge. "It was our first hike. Everything went really well."

The GWF gates open at 6 p.m. and the hikers are welcome to have a picnic under the pavilion before they depart for the trail at 7 p.m.

For those who are worried that the hike might be too strenuous, Tonge assures that these evening hikes suit beginners the best because of the flat ground.

There are four more hikes scheduled for the rest of the summer.

If you'd like more information about this evening wildlife hike, visit