Rio Piedra hearkens back to a finer, gentler era when the quail were your longstanding neighbors and the coveys all had names and the hunting was relaxed and unconfined.
Ask anyone who has ever been here and they will tell you that the total hunting experience at Rio Piedra Plantation is as timeless and authentic as you are likely to find anywhere in the world, on thousands of acres that in many places look much the same as they might have a hundred years ago.
Our birds must be HUNTED, not merely shot. Some days they are easy to find, and some days they are very shy and mysterious.
But they’re HERE. And you’ll KNOW they’re here. And that’s what makes it all so serene, with everything set in an atmosphere of casual 5-star elegance that is certain to leave you relaxed, refreshed and ready for more.
Rio Piedra is the only 3-time winner of the "Orvis Wingshooting Lodge of the Year" (2001, 2002 & 2010).
October 19th thru March 15th.
This region of deep South Georgia has always been known as the Quail Capital of the world. The land consists of gentle rolling terrain and pine savannah –a relatively open longleaf pine canopy and wiregrass ground cover. “The Flint”, a beautiful free flowing river bisects the plantation and provides a gorgeous backdrop as you take aim with either gun or camera. Gunners go to different areas each morning and afternoon in groups of 2 or 3. There is sufficient hunting acreage to cover different terrain each day for two weeks.
Quail hunting is a fall and winter sport. That often means shirtsleeve hunting by afternoon, but a crackling fireplace feels good after the sun drops. Mornings are cooler. You will want to bring some kind of outerwear for the ride out to the hunting areas on open air jeeps.
The day starts out with a hearty breakfast at 8:00am. A guide with jeep and dogs will pull up to your doorstep a little before 9:00am. The jeep ride ranges from 5 minutes to 15 minutes depending on the assigned hunting area. From that point you will be on the ground with guide and dogs, but may relocate by jeep to fresh hunting areas a couple times over the course of a morning. The shooting is usually consistent and you’ll see plenty of birds. That said, there is some variability each day in the number of covey rises based on factors such as weather, overnight predator movement, new food sources etc.
At noon all groups return to the main lodge for lunch and a short siesta if you are so inclined. Lunch is usually an El Fresco affair served on a deck that stretches out onto the Flint River or on one of the lodge patio areas. The afternoon hunt starts at 2:00pm and will have you back at the lodge a little before dusk (5:00 – 5:30pm). A hot shower often feels good before cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Our European trained chef will serve dinner at 7:00pm in a relaxed 5-star environment. Port and cigars are popular around the outdoor fireplace after dinner.
Quail, Quail, and Quail! Bobwhite of course.
Hunting gear should include light chaps or briar pants, upland leather boots, coat or jacket. Wet weather usually moves thru quickly, but some water proof outerwear is a good idea. Our small pro shop can usually accommodate your last minute needs or packing errors.
Q. Where are the nearest airports?
A. Nearest commercial airport: Albany, GA (30-minute drive).
Nearest private airport: Camilla, GA (15-minute drive).
Airport transportation available.
Overall: 4.9 / 5 based on 281 reviews
277 of 281 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Home Sweet Home -
By: LaurieG from Winston, GA
I booked a weekend at Rio Piedra as a gift for my husband. The catch was that I got to tag along. I had ever hunted quail. The guides were so patient and helpful. We both thoroughly enjoyed the hunt. Our favorite part was watching the guides and dogs work. The accommodations were very clean and very comfortable. The staff was super hospitable and the hosts made us feel like welcomed guests in their home. We can see why so many hunters return to Rio Piedra.... We certainly plan to return!
The Staff at Rio Piedra is Outstanding -
By: DavidGutowski from Mantua, OH, USA
What makes an award winning Orvis hunting lodge? It's the quality of the people that work there. They have assembled a team of people that work together to provide an unforgettable experience. Thank you to every one at Rio Piedra! I can't wait to come back some day soon.
Does not get any better! -
By: SKStonecold from Alpharetta, GA, USA
Just got back from the best hunting trip ever. Rio is great, the people are wonderful, and the hunting was tremendous. What can you say other that "The Best". Echo other review, make sure you request AJ if he is available.
A must for every wing shooter. -
By: LabQuackers from Alpharetta, GA, USA
There are many plantations throughout the south, however only a very select few like Rio Piedra Plantation that have perfected the complete hunting experience from the time you arrive on their land until the time you leave. I highly recommend Rio and requesting AJ as your guide is a must!
Awesome Experience!! -
By: SteveBarker from Saint Louis, MO, USA
Lodge was beautiful, food was excellent, hunting and guides were fantastic! Could not think of anything to make it better!!
Birthday trip -
By: AUchamps2010 from Birmingham, AL, USA
My son and I were joined by a friend and his son. This was my fourth trip to Rio Piedra and each trip has been over the top. This particular trip was my son's 19th birthday and it was truly a memory that we will both cherish for life. Our hunt was incredible and the guide and dog made it most enjoyable. The habitat is absolutely the best and the staff and accommodation are certainly excellent as well. I highly recommend this as a bucket list event you don't want to miss. The management,staff and accommodations are certainly top shelve!
By: hayseed5 from Beverly, WV, USA
Fine food, fine guides, fine dogs, fine atmosphere, fine setteing, fine people. Everything just fine. Exceeded my expectations.
Another Great Hunt -
By: Gunslinger from Sarasota, FL, USA
I have made multiple hunting trips to Rio Piedra each year and always find each trip equal to or better than the last. The lodging and meals are superb and the guides, dogs and birds presented continue to be excellent. Annie and Bill Atchison treat everyone as though we are family.
Great Birthday Trip -
By: AlabamaFan from Mountain Brook, AL
My wife gave me a trip with our three sons to Rio Piedra and but for a little rain could not have been better. The staff was professional, helpful and courteous. I would recommend Rio Piedra to anyone hoping to experience quail hunting at its best.
Wonderful Weekend for our Family -
By: KMass from Atlanta, GA, USA
We have a family of mostly inexperienced hunters, but were excited to have our first experience hunting at the beautiful Rio Piedra Plantation. The lodge was a great place for our family to enjoy delicious meals together and the staff are such warm and kind people who want your stay to be perfect. Our guides were experts who were patient, but also concerned with being a safe a possible while hunting. Both our experienced and inexperienced hunters had such a great weekend that we have already booked our trip for next year. I highly recommend Rio Piedra and can't wait to visit again next year!