J.F. Gregory Park is a 335-acre multi-use recreational area that once encompassed a thriving rice plantation and was subsequently bought up by Henry Ford. Named for Ford's plantation foreman, the park was developed beginning in 1998.
In addition to the 3-mile nature trail, today the park includes the Wetland Education Center, a birding trail with tower, the restored Henry Ford home, a 10-acre lake and a covered pavilion. In addition, you can fish, picnic, canoe and play sports here; there are also fitness stations along the trail.
The community of Richmond Hill clearly take pride in this beautiful park, as many different groups participated in its creation and maintenance. The local garden club, historical society, city planners, and private donors collaborated to develop historic landscaping, refurbish the Ford house, construct the trails, birdwatching tower, pavilion and wetlands center. In addition, a bridge and monument to veterans have been constructed.
The J.F. Gregory Park Trail is part of the Coastal Georgia Greenway, which also connects the Georgia Coast Rail-Trail (White Oak)
and Georgia Coast Rail-Trail (Woodbine Riverwalk)
Richmond Hill is southwest of Savannah just off I-95 in southeast Georgia. To get to J.F. Gregory Park, take Ford Avenue to Cedar Street; parking is available.
I went on the 2.87 mile loop, I believe. It travels next to the rail road tracks, then by canals filled with brackish water and warnings to look out for snakes and alligators. Did not see either. When I got their early, saw a huge blue heron, but later ...