CUBIHATCHA OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTER
100 Collins Road
Locust Grove, GA 30248
Contact: (678) 583-3930
OPEN: Monday - Friday (8:00AM to 4:00PM)
Built in 1999, the Cubihatcha Outdoor Education Center is a wetland enhancement and protection corridor created to improve and protect existing wildlife habitats, while also providing an avenue for public education and enjoyment.
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The HCWA developed this area as part of a wetland mitigation plan during construction of our reservoir system. The center encompasses almost 1,000 contiguous acres of bottomland, hardwood, and forested wetlands and uplands, which are typical features of our Piedmont area.
Being situated between three of the county's reservoirs enables the HCWA to protect the valuable and diverse fish and wildlife habitats of the area. Cubihatcha also aids in the protection of high water quality. Aside from the limited clearing of trees and the construction of raised wooden boardwalks, the trails, and outdoor classrooms, the area has been left in its natural state.
There are two main trails that traverse through the Cubihatcha Center. Our loop trail is nearly two miles in length and is open year-round Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 4:00PM.
Cubihatcha's diverse habitats provide for various types of native plants and animals. Field evidence of many species of reptiles, amphibians, and insects has been observed.
At Cubihatcha, guests may take a self-guided tour at their own pace, or make arrangements to have a walk led by a staff naturalist. We gladly accept groups from organizations that want a fun, healthy and informative outing.
The Cubihatcha Loop Trail
Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 4:00PM., this two-mile trail winds around the Cubihatcha campus, and it is open year round.
Trails and Reservoirs may close without notice for the purpose of maintenance and/or operations conducted periodically by HCWA.
Every fall, the number of visitors to Cubihatcha expands dramatically, as the site utilizes its outdoor classrooms for more than 3,000 local 3rd grade students from Henry County Public Schools. Called the "Cubihatcha Kids," their visits are made possible by the hard work of the Henry County Outdoor Education Partnership, a collaboration among the HCWA, the Henry County Board of Education, and many other local and regional sponsors.
While on site, the 3rd graders spend the day exploring topics like the ecology of watersheds, characteristics of water, the role of reservoirs, stormwater runoff and pollution, and the wildlife that populate the area.