Annie and Bill Atchison opened Rio Piedra Plantation twenty years ago and their son, Sam and his wife, Beth have since joined the operation. When asked why their guests return year after year, it's simpleit's real hunting. Many consider the 1950-1960s era as having been the peak for bobwhite quail in South Georgia. It's not. It's now. Habitat restoration efforts in recent decades have brought the birds back in the Plantation Belt—a narrow strip of land between Albany, GA and Tallahassee. Quail move freely between the vast private plantations here. And there is only one option open to traveling wingshootersRio Piedra Plantation. In fact, Rio Piedra is the only Orvis-endorsed lodge located in the Plantation Belt. The hunting here is as it was 50 or 100 years ago. The quail here aren't merely shot, they are hunted.
When the hunt is over, even those not yet under the spell of the bobwhite will surely enjoy relaxing in our beautiful, classically decorated lodge, and guest rooms. Guests consistently highlight our relaxed 5-star cuisine as remarkable. Chef Dirk, our European trained chef, offers a wide range of upscale entrees. Guests enjoy all meals in our lodge, along with a variety of hors d'oeuvres and a self-service, open bar after the hunt, all of which are included.
Plan your escape to our serene longleaf pine forests ready to make memories with customers, family or friendsall in the heart of Georgia's quail tradition.
Your Rio Piedra experience begins at our two-story main lodge featuring vaulted ceilings, grand stone fireplaces and distinguished furnishings. As you enter the lodge, you'll notice the wrap around porches and patio. Guests linger here with picturesque views of the Flint River and the surrounding longleaf pine forest.
Make yourself at home in one of 10 Lodge rooms or four nearby guest cabins. Guest rooms feature fine furnishings and are well-appointed with private baths.
All meals are enjoyed at the main lodge amongst multiple dining areas which can accommodate both large groups or smaller private parties. Please see the dining section for more about our relaxed 5-star dining.
After dinner, relax at one of several fireplaces in and around the Lodge. Put your feet up, gaze up at the stars and savor memories of the day.
The lodge includes a Pro Shop stocked with logo souvenirs, hunting accessories, and Orvis apparel. Also available is our shooting platform with two throwers—complimentary for guests.
Prepare to be spoiled while dining at Rio Piedra. Guests compare our food to that of fine dining and for that we credit our classically-trained European chef of 20 years, Dirk Flachsmeier.
All dining is included—breakfast, lunch, dinner, and an indulgent spread of hors d’oeuvres in the evening. Our lodge has two self-service bars with a variety of wines, popular liquors and mixers.
Each day starts with a Southern-style breakfast featuring fresh, hot biscuits, sausage gravy, bacon and perfectly cooked eggs. On the lighter side, opt for continental fare such as fruit, cereals, granola, and yogurt.
Lunch is usually "al fresco", weather permitting, served on a deck that stretches onto the Flint River or on one of the lodge patio areas. Savor homemade soups, house-smoked ribs, or plated salads. And don’t miss the blackberry cobbler a la mode!
The three-course dinner is served at 7:00 p.m. Chef Dirk crafts new quail entrees each season such as smoked quail breasts in a mushroom cream sauce over German spaetzle. Other entrée favorites are filet with lobster tail and Panko-crusted sea bass over spring pea risotto. All desserts are handcrafted in-house, including our Pecan Pie made with local pecans.
Rio Piedra Plantation hosts guests from mid-October through mid-March. Please consult our website, call or email for the beginning and ending dates for each season.
Wild bobwhite quail have been hunted here in Southwest Georgia, the Quail Capital, for well over 100 years. In the wake of the Civil War, families acquired large plantations, creating expansive hunting estates that today comprise the South Georgia Plantation Belt. Over the last hundred years, these mostly-private plantations committed immense resources to preserve and restore the vast longleaf pine forests that serve as quintessential bobwhite quail habitat. As a result, the region now boasts wild quail populations that are at historic highs. Knowing Rio Piedra borders some of the region's largest and most celebrated plantations, it's no wonder Rio Piedra provides quests with unparalleled quail hunting.
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 wire grass 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. Knowing guests will hunt different areas each morning and afternoon, there is ample opportunity to experience various parts of the plantation. And there is sufficient hunting acreage to cover different terrain every 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.
Rates start from: $1160 per person per day
You can find all pricing information at: riopiedraplantation.com/rates/
The following items are included in the base rate:
Lodging, fine dining/wine selection, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres Personal guide with jeep and dogs for each shooting pair
12-bird, per person, per day privilege. The 12-bird privilege is not a 'limit' but simply the number of birds included in your base rate.
Please note that the following items are not included in the base rate: Georgia hunting license, sales tax, and staff gratuities
We also offer the following optional items and services:
Briar pants or chaps are recommended for the field in addition to broken-in upland leather boots. We suggest layers for the ride to hunting areas on open-air jeeps. For safety, we recommend ample blaze orange'ideally a hat and a vest or shirt.
20 and 28 gauge shotguns are what most guest frequently use. We offer Orvis 20 gauge over-under shotguns for rent. Additionally, we offer .410, 20, 28 and 12 gauge shells for purchase. Guests are welcome to bring their own ammunition.
Jackets are not required in the evening at Rio Piedra. Some guests choose to wear jackets while most guests are in casual attire when at the main lodge. For more information please visit the FAQ page on our website: https://riopiedraplantation.com/faq/.
Common questions and answers are listed below. For more information, please visit our FAQ page: https://riopiedraplantation.com/faq/
What's the best way to get there?
There are several options for getting to Rio Piedra. The closest commercial airport is Albany, GA (ABY), which is approximately a 30-minute drive. The closest private airport is Camilla Mitchell County (CXU) which is a short 15-minute drive. We offer airport transportation to both Camilla and Albany. Some guests choose to fly into Atlanta, rent a car and drive approximately 3.5 hours. Another option is to fly to Tallahassee, rent a car, and drive approximately 1.5 hours.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes. Please send vaccination history in advance of your arrival. Canine guests spend the night in our guest kennels.
Do you have terrain that is easier walking?
Yes. Please let us know your needs in advance and we will schedule your hunt to best meet your needs.
Do you offer WiFi?
Yes. Complimentary WiFi is available.
Guests may use our shooting platform with two skeet throwers for no charge. Shooting instruction with an Orvis certified shooting instructor is available for an additional fee.