Long known for rolling hills and fertile red clay soil, this region is rich in biological diversity, natural resources, and endless scenic beauty. The Red Hills Region is home to the largest percentage of bobwhite quail in the world, as well as several threatened and endangered plant and animal species. Thomasville is also home to the largst natural stand of long-leaf pine trees in the nation. Southwest Georgia has long been noted for its great quantity and variety of game bids. Barron’s columnist, Steven M. Sears, proclaimed Thomasville as “America’s quail hunting capital.” In 2015, USA TODAY listed Thomasville as “one of nine top sporting destinations in America!”
Big Oak and Big Oak Cam
Thomasville, GA 31792
A must for every visitor is a stop at Thomasville's oldest and most cherished natural landmark, The Big Oak. This massive Southern Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) grew from a tiny acorn beginning around 1685 and is one of the original members (#49) of the Live Oak Society, enrolled in 1936. Now over 337 years old, the Big Oak has a limb span of over 165 feet and a trunk circumference of over 26 feet! President Eisenhower was so impressed with the Big Oak that he personally photographed it during one of his frequent visits to Thomasville. Interestingly, the fern that grows along its branches does not hurt the tree and is called the 'resurrection' fern because it appears dead until a rain causes it to turn immediately to a lush green.
A perfect addition to your photo album of your trip to Thomasville is a picture of you with the majestic Big Oak taken by the Big Oak Cam. Your picture will be loaded to the Internet for viewing, downloading and emailing to friends and family!
Use of the Big Oak Gazebo is free but reservations are required. While at the Big Oak, you can activate the camera by calling (229) 236-0053. Pictures can be found online here.