Magnolia Branch paving for future

Published 12:15 am Wednesday, March 26, 2008

By By Adrienne McKenzie
Campers who frequent Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve no longer have to worry about their RVs slipping and sliding across two miles of dirt road as they are trying to reach their campsite, according to general manager Billy Smith.
The campground now has a paved asphalt driveway instead of the dirt road campers used to have to drive down.
According to Smith, the paved asphalt driveway was completed about a month ago. He said the decision was made to pave the roadway because of a few reasons, dust being one of them.
Smith said about two-and-a-half miles of pavement was put down at Magnolia Branch. The driveway begins at the entrance and ends at a parking lot on the far end of the campsite.
The entire entranceway to Magnolia Branch has changed, according to Smith. Besides having the driveway paved, there are now gates at the entrance and also a large rock that features the Poarch Band of Creek Indians’ logo.
The driveway and gates are not the only additions at the wildlife reserve, according to Smith.
Another addition Smith looks forward to having within the next few weeks at Magnolia Branch is a meeting area.
Another feature Magnolia Branch offers is horseback riding trails.
Smith said soon a trail map and a new brochure will be available for horseback riding fans or camping enthusiasts.
There are two new ramps for launching canoes or kayaks at Magnolia Branch.
Magnolia Branch also offers a place for swimming, tubing, picnicking and hiking.
For a wealth of information about Magnolia Branch, visit and click on Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve, or call 446-3423.

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