Nature & Outdoors
The Big Oak and Big Oak Cam | Corner of Crawford and Monroe Streets
Visitors Center 229-228-7977 Big Oak Cam Big Oak Cam 229-236-0053
A must for every visitor is a stop at Thomasville's oldest and most cherished natural landmark, The Big Oak. This massive Southern Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) grew from a tiny acorn beginning around 1685 and is one of the original members (#49) of the Live Oak Society, enrolled in 1936. Now over 330 years old, the Big Oak has a limb span of over 165 feet and a trunk circumference of over 26 feet! President Eisenhower was so impressed with the Big Oak that he personally photographed it during one of his frequent visits to Thomasville. Interestingly, the fern that grows along its branches does not hurt the tree and is called the 'resurrection' fern because it appears dead until a rain causes it to turn immediately to a lush green.
A perfect addition to your photo album of your trip to Thomasville is a picture of you with the majestic Big Oak taken by the Big Oak Cam. Your picture will be loaded to the Internet for viewing, downloading and emailing to friends and family!
Birdsong Nature Center | 2106 Meridian Road
visit website 800-953-2476 or 229-377-4408
Birdsong Nature Center, a living museum and conservation education center, is the perfect setting for visitors to enjoy the natural beauty and wildlife of the Southwest Georgia region. Twelve miles of Nature Trails provide a casual hiking experience and opportunity to explore a variety of habitats, including wildfower meadows, forests, ponds and swamps, that are a haven to birds and other wildlife. Throughout the Center there are special places for visitors to relax and observe nature and wildlife, such as the extraordinary Bird Window, Butterfly Garden and the Listening Place at Big Bay Swamp. Birdsong hosts many guided walks and nature events throughout the year.
Open Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sunday, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
Admission: $5 Adults, $2.50 Children (4 - 12 years)
Pebble Hill Plantation | 1251 US Highway 319 South
229-226-2344 Visit Website
A place of quiet beauty and architectural grandeur, Pebble Hill Plantation is a living museum that provides visitors a glimpse into the genteel life of the southern sporting plantation of yesteryear. Take a leisurely stroll through the extensive grounds on a self-guided tour to view the plantation's scenic landscape and explore the many service buildings that surround the Main House. Visit the garage with antique automobiles and the stables that house Pebble Hill's beloved horses and vintage carriages. Take a guided tour of the magnificent Main House that includes an extensive collection of artwork by renowned sporting and nature artists and a vast collection of original antique furnishings that is sure to amaze. Whether your interest is history, art, antiques, or natural outdoor beauty, you will find it all at Pebble Hill!
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, and Sunday, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Last Main House Tour begins at 3:45 PM Daily. Closed Mondays.
Admission: Plantation Admission - $5 Adults, $2 Children (2 - 12 years); Main House Tour - $15 Adults, $6 Children (6 - 12 years, Children must be 6 years old to tour Main House)
Thomasville Rose Garden and Cherokee Lake Park | Corner of Smith Avenue and Covington Avenue
Thomasville, Georgia's Official Rose City, has a long rosarian history and nowhere is this more evident than at the Thomasville Rose Garden. The City of Thomasville maintains a stunning variety of over 1500 rose bushes that burst into bloom each spring just in time for the Annual Rose Show and Festival in April! Visitors to the garden will find charming gazebos to relax and take in the dazzling sight and sweet aroma of Thomasville's favorite flower. The garden is a favorite spot for a wedding and provides the perfect backdrop for photographers. Adjacent to the Rose Garden is Cherokee Lake Park, a beautiful recreation area with a playground and walking trail that encircles the lake. Visit our Parks page to learn more about Thomasville Parks and how to reserve your favorite spot for your very special event!