Trip Report: Fine Georgia Quail Hunting at Rio Piedra Lodge
If you enjoy classic walk-up hunting over dogs, Rio Piedra is one of our favorites.
Jan, 2023: I love the lore and tradition of Southern quail hunting. The excitement of the flush and quickness of the birds, complemented with exceptional dog work, great guides, comfortable accommodations, regional cuisine, and an unwavering commitment to customer service… creates an unmatched hunting experience very close to home. This was my group’s fourth time hunting at Rio Piedra Lodge(RPL), a three-time recipient of the Orvis Wingshooting Lodge of the Year Award. It continues to exceed our expectations, and we are already rebooked for 2024.
Winter Getaway with Your Own Dogs (If Preferred)
We like to escape the winter in the North and have been down the last weekend in January the last three years. We are returning next season in 2024 during that same timeframe. Five of us brought six dogs down – a nice mix of English cockers, setters, and pointers. It’s nice that RPL welcomes us bringing our own dogs to complement the terrific lodge dogs.
Easy Access and an All-Inclusive Experience
Rio Piedra is easy to access, only 30 minutes from Albany, GA, 90 minutes from Tallahassee, and 3 hours from Atlanta. If flying privately, Camilla Airport can accommodate large private jets and is only 15 minutes from the lodge. The Rio Piedra hunting experience includes access to thousands of acres of pristine quail habitat, professional quail hunting guides, experienced dogs, and specially-equipped jeeps. Rates are all-inclusive based on double occupancy and include nightly accommodations, snacks, hors d’oeuvres, full bar, and three meals per day featuring the chef’s celebrated cuisine. The season typically begins around October 20 and extends through March.
We cannot say enough nice things about this lodge. Our clients are accommodated both in the two-bedroom cabins and the comfortable lodge suites. The lodge’s design is perfect – allowing our group to feel private and well looked after, but also encouraging us to mingle with other guests. Gracious hospitality welcomed us with great food and an open bar after shooting.
Classic Walk-Up Hunting Over Dogs
If you enjoy classic walk-up hunting over dogs, Rio Piedra is one of our favorites. Availability is always an issue at this property. If you are thinking about a trip down for the 2023/2024 season, now is the time to begin the planning process. Please contact our in-house expert Joe Linscott for help with planning your perfect wingshooting trip.
~ Mike Fitzgerald, Frontiers President