Only minutes from downtown Douglas is one of the largest state parks in Georgia, General Coffee State Park. The 1,500 acres in the park showcase Georgia’s natural habitat and the area’s agricultural history at its Heritage Farm Museum, which includes farm animals that children can feed. The Seventeen Mile River flows through the park, and a boardwalk winds through cypress swamp where pitcher plants, indigo snakes and gopher tortoises make their homes. The park also offers 13.4 miles of equestrian trails, and a campground.
Outdoor types will also appreciate the Broxton Rocks, where geologists marvel at the fractured sandstone rocks along a secluded four-mile stretch of Rocky Creek, botanists study the rocks' 530 plant species, some of which are threatened or endangered, and hikers and photographers thrill to the water song as it gushes or trickles (depending on the season) over rock ledges along Rocky Creek.
Hunters and fishermen will appreciate the abundance of game and fish in the area and the opportunities to engage in those activities practically year-round.
The campuses of Wiregrass Georgia Technical College and South Georgia College are linked to downtown Douglas by a non-motorized trail that invites cyclists, joggers and walkers. Coffee Regional Medical Center, one of the community’s strongest quality of life partners, adds to the recreational opportunities of the area with its state-of-the-art fitness center.