About Us

Chehaw is driven by its mission of inspiring people to connect with nature and encouraging conservation action through positive recreational and educational experiences. The Park, founded close to eight decades ago, has expanded to an 800 acre campus and includes a Zoo that houses hundreds of animals in naturalistic exhibits and annually hosts over 100,000 visitors. From the Zoo to the endless recreational opportunities, Chehaw has an activity for every visitor. Come see what nature’s playground has to offer you!

Chehaw Park's Beginning

First developed as Chehaw State Park in 1937, the property consisted of 586 acres donated to the state of Georgia by private landowners in Dougherty and Lee Counties. It is enclosed on two sides by a large, clear water bayou formed by the conjoining of the Kinchafoonee and Muckalee Creeks. The property has expanded to nearly 800 acres and consists of moss-covered cypress swamps, hardwood forests, and a well-maintained wiregrass habitat.

The park was named after the Chiha, or Chehaw, a tribe of Creek Indians who lived throughout the property and befriended white settlers. Artifacts such as arrowheads, spearheads, tomahawks, hoes, drill, scrapers, clay pipes and stone celts were commonly found during original park development. Variations in artifact design show the land was used by distinctly different tribes over several hundreds of years.

Corporate Partners

Being a non-profit organization, Chehaw depends on partnerships with other local organizations and businesses. These partnerships allow Chehaw to serve this area with an excellent park system and turn big visions into a local reality.

The following businesses have partnered with Chehaw:


2017 Corporate Members

  • Flint Community Bank
  • Brad Lanier Oil Company
  • Doherty, Duggan, Hart, & Tiernan
  • Watson Spence LLP

2016 Sponsors

iPad Donation

  • AT&T Pioneers

Play Park Fundraiser

  • The Brittany Kerfoot Memorial Playground Project

Festival of Lights

  • Bishop Clean Care 
  • Pritchett Pippin Dance Studio
  • Hinman Pools
  • NEOS Technologies
  • WALB
  • Albany Herald
  • Cumulus Radio

Native American Cultural Festival Corporate Partners

  • Colony Bank
  • Potter Motor Company
  • Walden & Kirkland
  • Rental Depot
  • Homerun Foods

Motel Sponsors

  • Merry Acres
  • Wingate Inn
  • Best Western Inn
  • Country Inn and Suites
  • Red Roof Inn
  • America’s Best Value Inn

Picnic Tables made from Recycled Material

  • Darsey Family Foundation