Groundhog Day Tradition Continues at a New Home

Posted By Gwinnett Medical Back & Neck Pain || 6-Mar-2018

Groundhog Day Tradition Continues at a New Home

Gen. Beauregard Lee, Punxsutawney Phil’s southern counterpart, will be celebrating Groundhog Day from a new home this year. Since at least 1988, a succession of Beauregards have been predicting whether there will be an early spring or 6 more dreary weeks of winter from his home at Yellow River Game Ranch, which closed in December 2017.

The “go-to groundhog” for the Southeastern United States has taken up residence at Dauset Trails Nature Center in Jackson – about an hour south of his previous home in Lilburn. Beau – as his friends call him – was used to some pretty fancy digs. According to,
“His plantation at the Yellow River Game Ranch includes a miniature white-columned southern mansion complete with its own verandah, an architectural water fountain and a satellite dish.”

The folks at Dauset Trails have been very happy to welcome their distinguished new resident. The General, who has been awarded a "DWP, Doctor of Weather Prognostication" from a faculty member at the University of Georgia and "Doctor of Southern Groundology" from Georgia State University, has brought the nature center a wealth of publicity.

Groundhog Day is Friday, February 2. Although they’ve had very short notice, the folks at Dauset Trails are gearing up for Beau’s big annual moment in the spotlight. Those who want to be there as Beau emerges from his cozy home and either does or doesn’t see his shadow will have to be up bright and early. Georgia's Official Weather Prognosticator will be the star of an official ceremony on February 2, 2018 starting at 7:30 am.

Dauset Trails pursues a mission to provide quality environmental education, outdoor recreation and an understanding of early farm life through close and intimate contact with Georgia’s flora and fauna. Parking and admission is free, but visitors are asked to make a donation.

Native azaleas are one of the attractions at the nature center. Take a stroll along the Woodland Garden Trail and you may also see mayapple, columbine, galax, fairy wand, pink lady slipper, phlox, a variety of ferns, merry bells, asters, jack in the pulpit, trillium, shooting star, bird's foot violet, hepatica, lily, and solomons seal to name a few.

The Bog Garden features a waterfall and covered bridge. The Children’s Garden has fun surprises for young visitors as well as plants chosen for their ability to stimulate a child’s sense of smell and touch. Dauset Trails also features 31 species of trees – and offers tips on how to identify them.

There are more than 20 miles of trails for mountain biking and hiking. Each trail is ranked as either beginner, intermediate or advanced. The trails are open from sunrise to 10 pm daily. Trail head parking is 300 yards left of the main entrance.

Follow the path that splits off Animal Trail by the beaver exhibit to the Barnyard. There you will find a 19th-century style working farm, complete with pigs, cows, goats, a mule, donkey and lots of chickens. You can also visit the blacksmith’s shop and a cane syrup mill as well as a country store, tenant house and smokehouse.

Dauset Trails Nature Center is about an hour south of the Gwinnett Pain Clinic in Norcross. It’s almost an hour and a half south of the offices where you can see our chiropractors in Lawrenceville, GA. Walking is a great form of exercise and may be recommended for those who suffer from certain types of back neck pain, so even if you don’t want to get up early on Groundhog Day you may want to plan a visit. Ask our neck and back chiropractic experts if a stroll along the nature center’s trails might be right for you.

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