Families looking for a cheap way to celebrate the country’s 236th birthday need only to look as far as the Clayton County Water Authority’s reservoir areas and wetlands center.
CCWA spokeswoman Suzanne Brown said the Blalock and Shamrock reservoirs, at 2610 Shamrock Road off of Freeman Road in Jonesboro, and the J.W. Smith Reservoir, at 143 Northbridge Road in Hampton, will be open Wednesday, July 4, from 7 a.m., to 8 p.m.
Brown said there is a $5 daily fee per vehicle for Clayton County residents at all CCWA reservoirs. Non-county residents pay $10 per vehicle.
“For Clayton County residents planning several trips to the reservoirs this year, a season pass is a bargain at $30,” said Brown. “Non-county residents pay $40 for a season pass. The season pass is good at CCWA reservoirs from March–October.”
The Newman Wetlands Center, at 2755 Freeman Road, features a nature trail and picnic areas that will be open on the holiday from 7 a.m, to 7 p.m. The center’s half-mile trail and picnic areas provide visitors a chance to enjoy nature while learning the importance of preserving wetlands environments and conserving natural resources, said Brown.
“Visitors walking through the wetlands trails might be fortunate enough to see some of the many wildlife species that either stop over during migration or take advantage of this habitat for nesting or permanent residence,” she said.
In addition to more than 130 bird species, visitors have seen beaver, river otter, fox, raccoon, muskrat, deer, wild turkey, opossum, mink and many species of reptiles, insects and amphibians.
Dogs and other pets are not allowed at this facility.
For more information on the Newman Wetlands Center or the water reservoirs, call (770) 603-5603, or visit www.ccwa.us.