Camp Meeting Rock includes 110 acres of granite flatrock in Heard County, near Franklin in western Georgia. While such outcrops occur from Virginia to Alabama, 90% of them are in Georgia, and this site is one of the largest in the southeast, although the preserve covers only a small portion of the overall rock surface. Conservation of the habitat is a priority because similar areas have been damaged by quarrying, dumping, and vehicular traffic.
Several plant species found in no other habitat thrive in the preserve, including the endangered black-spored quillwort, which is found in less than 10 locations worldwide. The rock’s vernal pools are also home to the threatened pool sprite. Because the pools are dry most of the year, these hardy plants remain dormant until the rains fall. Camp Meeting Rock is also home to the rare longleaf flower, the stonecrop plant, and the state-threatened dwarf granite stonecrop (alternately called puck opine). A number of spider and insect species inhabit the site, some of them found nowhere else in the world.
Access to the preserve requires crossing private land, therefore permission is required to visit this preserve. Please contact Preeya Philipp at (404) 253-7216 or firstname.lastname@example.org to plan your visit.