The Coast / Darien

Billy Cullens Memorial Nature Trail and Observation Towers

US Hwy. 17 South
Butler Island
Darien, GA 31305

  • Numerous bird species viewed from observation towers.

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The Billy Cullens Memorial Nature Trail and Observation Towers give birdwatchers and other outdoor enthusiasts an opportunity to observe wetland-dependent wildlife in the managed impoudments of the Butler Island Refuge unit of the Altamaha Waterfowl Management Area.

The nature trail consits of two parts: a north loop and a south loop. The trails follow the dikes separating the managed wetlands on the refuge.

The two obersvation towers provide excellent views of the wetlands. The northern tower is easily accessed via a short walk from the parking area on the east side of Highway 17. The newer, southern tower is accessible only by walking the south loop of the nature trail.

Signs along the trail provide information on waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds, wetlands, songbirds and salt marshes. The kiosks at the north tower provide information on the management of the area and conservation efforts along the Altamaha River. 

The trail and towers were named in honor of the late Billy Cullens, an avid sportsman and conservationist who took a keen interest in the waterfowl management activities that occurred on the Altamaha WMA.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 6:00AM - 6:00PM
    Monday: 6:00AM - 6:00PM
    Tuesday: 6:00AM - 6:00PM
    Wednesday: 6:00AM - 6:00PM
    Thursday: 6:00AM - 6:00PM
    Friday: 6:00AM - 6:00PM
    Saturday: 6:00AM - 6:00PM

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking, Parking on Site, Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Open Year 'Round

    Group Amenities


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages