Spirit Creek Forest

Milledgeville Office at 478-445-5164 or cblack@gfc.state.ga.us

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A 725 acre tract of land in Richmond County, Spirit Creek Forest is a working forest. This means that forest management methods are used to provide multiple benefits that include: timber production, wildlife habitat, soil and water conservation, aesthetics, and educational opportunities on a limited basis.

Spirit Creek Forest is an actively managed forestland in the midst of South Richmond County, just 30 minutes from downtown Augusta, Georgia and includes 300 acres of wetlands, planted loblolly pine stands, and bottomland hardwoods.

The land Spirit Creek Forest is located on once belonged to Gracewood State School and Hospital. They grew their own crops, raised cattle, and chickens. The fields were abandoned at one time and then leased to local farmers who converted it to bahia grass fields to raise cattle.

In 1984, the fields were given to the Georgia Forestry Commission. Loblolly pines were planted on approximately 480 acres in the winter of 1984 - 85. This forest has other timber types that now include longleaf pine and mixed stands of hardwood.