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Albany - The Parks At Chehaw

105 Chehaw Park Road


Our Beginning

Originally developed as Chehaw State Park in 1937, the property consisted of 586 acres donated to the state of Georgia by private landowners in Dougherty and Lee Counties. It is enclosed on two sides by a large, clear water bayou formed by the conjoining of the Kinchafoonee and Muckalee Creeks. The property has expanded to nearly 800 acres and consists of moss-covered cypress swamps, hardwood forests, and a well-maintained wiregrass habitat.

The park was named after the Chiha, or Chehaw, a tribe of Creek Indians who lived throughout the property and befriended white settlers. Artifacts such as arrowheads, spearheads, tomahawks, hoes, drill, scrapers, clay pipes and stone celts were commonly found during original park development. Variations in artifact design show the land was used by distinctly different tribes over several hundreds of years.

A New Home

In 1974, the city of Albany leased 100 unused acres of Chehaw from the state of Georgia with the intent to develop a wild animal park where exotic and indigenous animals would be displayed in their natural habitats. With the inception of the wild animal habitat, the State donated the entire Chehaw acreage to the city to further development. The City of Albany with Chehaw commissioned Jim Fowler, a native of Albany and host of the popular television show Wild Kingdom, to design and supervise the construction of the wildlife area.

The original animals were moved from the Tift Park Zoo in Albany to their new home at Chehaw between 1975 and 1977. Chehaw Wild Animal Park was officially dedicated and opened to the public in October of 1977. Accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) was achieved in 1997.

Expansion & Infrastructure

Between 1997 and 2002, the Parks at Chehaw began to examine other park venues that would be a valuable asset to the community. After evaluation, construction of the two-million dollar Creekside Education Center, the Children’s Play Park and a nationally sanctioned BMX bike track began. Additional infrastructure construction included: animal quarantine, veterinary hospital, Savannah Café, bathrooms, reptile house and ticket booth.

Chehaw has a rich history, a unique setting, a skilled and diverse staff, strong city support, an outstanding support organization and a new vision for the future. This vision will encompass the principles on which Chehaw was founded… conservation, education and preservation.


Kori McDaniel

Sunday, March 18, 2018
Our family of 5 got in for about $30 I think. It's probably been 15 years since I went with family and after reading the reading was so worried about the "disrepair". Shame on those people. We had a wonderful time, my kids loved it. The views are far more unobstructed than at the Atlanta Zoo. There was hardly any crowd so we were able to stay at each exhibit as long as we wanted without feeling rushed. We have a 9 month old and a 3 year old so we took our double stroller which is usually difficult to navigate. I had literally no issues pushing any portion of the trail or zoo. The bathrooms were clean and well kept. We were able to make it to one of the animal shows about reptiles. The staff was awesome and gave an awesome demonstration. He answered every question and let everyone touch the animals he brought with him. If I absolutely had to complain about something, we didn't take the tour of the park because we weren't sure when it came and people were leaving their strollers instead of taking them on the tour. Didn't feel like we missed anything by not going though! We had a wonderful time!

Brian Burke

Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018
Visited Chehaw Park today with my family it was a little cold but the animals seemed to love it. The zoo itself is very quaint without all the bells and whistles of a larger zoo. I personally loved it! The bathrooms are simple yet clean. Perfect place to take the kids to get away for the day. Features: The Zoo of course, camping area, Massive playground, Frisbee golf course, and tons more!!! Enjoy all my pictures...

Chris Sparnicht

Thursday, March 15, 2018
This animal conservation park has something for everyone. The animals are well cared for, all well within AZA standards. There are BMX and mountain biking trails along with disc golf! You can camp on grounds with or without a trailer. There are also cabins and canoes. If you're spending any time around Albany, Georgia it's worth visiting this site.


Sunday, March 4, 2018
Had a great time here.... Need the animals to b more lively more shows and more interaction with the animals would make this an awesome attraction..... Over all like it though my family has been their three times now and would deffinetly go back...

Eric Todd

Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017
Me and my wife went to park to see the Christmas lights for my birthday today and we had a blast. We went on the lighted train ride and got a chance to take a picture with Santa himself. Great Christmas fun and we only spent 40.00 to drive through the light show attend the train ride and have 2 cups of hot cocoa and meet Santa and have our pictures taken with him. Overall great Christmas fun for the whole family.

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