The Yellow River Game Ranch offers a magnificent photo opportunity and a chance to meet wildlife on a close and personal basis.
Explore the rustic trail where newborn fawns are a delightful favorite during the summer months-- feed deer who come right up to greet you! Huge bears stand up for special treats and our overhead "catwalk" allows an extraordinary view of a very feline cougar.
There's the "Billy Goat Gruff Memorial Bridge" and the super popular "Bunny Burrows." We even have one of the largest herd of buffalo east of the Mississippi, roaming in the back meadow!
You'll have our animals eating out of your hand-- literally! Their favorite treats are available along the trail. Don't forget to bring your camera and video camera! You'll capture the magical interaction between your children and our Game Ranch animals.
Yellow River Game Ranch is the home of General Beauregard Lee, the groundhog that predicts the coming of spring here in the South. We visited on one of the coldest mornings of the year to find out if we would have an early spring. No such luck.
If you are planning on visiting YRGR for Groundhog Day, be sure to arrive early when the gates open at 7am, so that you can get close enough to see the weather forecaster himeself. Otherwise you may end up at the edge of a large crowd with no view at all.
After the festivities, we checked out the rest of the "ranch." Our daughter had a blast feeding carrots to the animals, all of which were extremely friendly and gentle. I have to admit to being a little uncomfortable with some of their cages and habitats, as well as seeing some obese animals that were obviously being overfed with the wrong diet. For kids though, the chance to interact with the animals really made the trip worth it.
It is so fun to see the looks on the kiddo's faces when the deer come up and eat from their hands. You can bring your own snacks which makes it more economical. They have a playground that is nice also. The animals get very close and can be intimidating for very little ones but all in all a great time for all ages.
Yellow River Game ranch is awesome to take the family. I'd recommend bringing food from home to feed the animals - they love saltine crackers and carrots. I think the only thing they don't allow you to feed the animals is marshmellows and bread. It's awesome getting to walk through and see all sorts of animals. Deer walking right up to you! It's an awesome experience and we can't wait to go back!
We have been many times to Yellow River Game Ranch. My kids love the place and I tolerate it since they are such fans. You are very up-close-and-personal with the animals. As you walk through the grounds many of the animals are roaming free and will walk up to you. They are very tame and used to people. My kids are big fans of feeding the deer (they will eat out of your hand) and playing with the bunnies.
We go to the game ranch every summer. It is not to expensive and you can bring your own food to feed the animals. Go in the morning so the animals are hungry and have not been fed by everyone else. Almost the entire area is in the shade so even on a hot day it's not to bad.
I have great memories of feeding the animals and my kids love getting up close and personal with them. Be careful because sometimes the animals get "aggressive" about asking for food, even though I've never seen anyone get hurt by an animal. There are dear, bears, squirrels, ducks, and then of course GA's General Beauregard! You can bring your own food and it's a bit cheaper.
I remember going here when I was a child. We have taken our son twice so far (he's 3 now) and he loves it. He loves all the animals and the playground too! It was so cool seeing his reaction to the deer and squirrels that typically fall us around looking for food. It's a great group trip too. It's pretty much all shaded, so you could still go when it's warm outside and perfect in the early fall. It's a must see!
The Yellow River Game Ranch is a great place to go to get friendly with animals. Deer, goats, bunnies, and squirrels are not shy here and will come right up to you and eat right out of your hands. There are many other animals to see such as peacocks, buffalo, ducks, foxes and more! It's best if you bring your own food for the animals to eat, but they do sell some crackers to feed them at the gift shop. Details about what you can bring for the animals to eat are listed on their website.