Two days ago while cycling across town on Milledge, I decided to search for a little known spot on the Oconee River called Flinchum’s Phoenix. South Milledge ends at Whitehall Road, so I crossed over into the Warnell School of Forestry. The road winds south through the forest, and ends at a group of buildings used for environmental education and recreational activities. Behind the gazebo, a slim and rocky trail leads to another running parallel to the river. A dam and an old mill rest in the shallows of the cool current.
A couple kids said when the river’s high, you can jump from the windows of the abandoned structure.
These islands would be perfect for ephemeral Jim Denevan-esqe art. Maybe on the next visit…
At a time when many converge en masse on swimming pools around town, this hidden gem’s residents include crappie, bream, copperheads, and skittish terrapin.
In 2008, I hiked along the railroad tracks to a trellis not far from this spot. Click here to read about the chance skull and bone encounter.