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“You're not paying for Busch Gardens, so don't expect it.”

Yellow River Game Ranch
Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Lilburn
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Owner description: A 24-acre animal preserve with a wide variety of local species.
Reviewed May 19, 2013 via mobile

My 7 y/o son had a great time ! It seems most of the animals prefer peanuts (if you're buying food prior to arrival). For all the self-righteous animal rights folks, why not volunteer to repair some of the enclosures (if you really care). Better yet, sponsor one of the displays or animals. Remember, a lot of the animals here are "rescues". Everyone has an opinion until it costs them some money.

3  Thank Westy31006
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

Two and a half miles east of Stone Mountain on Route 78 in Lilburn, Georgia, the Yellow River Game Ranch is an oasis surrounded by bustling workaday life. A mere few yards off the highway you find yourself in an unlikely other world in habited by hundreds of birds and animals. There is plenty of parking, though not enough set aside for visitors with special needs. If you or your any of those traveling with you want to feed the animals, I would arrive before lunchtime. By early afternoon they are already well fed and quite a number are taking their naps. Bring your own crackers, peanuts, cabbage leaves, dried corn, etc. or purchase them at the cash-only register located in the back of the visitors' center gift shop when you sign in. There is an outdoor grill and several picnic tables on site, but the grill appears to have had little use over the years--if ever. Other than the animal food, there are no eateries. While many grandparents, myself included, might have wished for something a bit more picture-book attractive, children seem to have a wonderful time scooting from pen to pen, enticing their furry friends to eat from their hands. There are plenty of liquid sanitizers hanging on posts along the trail. Particularly delightful are the peacocks and roosters roaming free and quite people friendly. I did wonder about emergency services, but never expected to be the subject of one. Moving along slowly up the final hill toward the gift shop on the far side of the trail, I experienced a totally unexpected asthma attack. The only bench in sight was broken and I didn't want to sit on the ground. My daughter and granddaughter hurried up to the shop and minutes later, not one but two park rangers appeared in a jeep and loaded me on. Though I was wearing proper clothing that included a large straw hat and sturdy walking shoes, I had allowed myself to become dehydrated. I would advise carrying-and drinking- plenty of bottled water. Other than that I thoroughly enjoyed roaming the twenty plus, heavily wooded acres of trails, and most of all the priceless expressions of delight on the faces of the children.

3  Thank Barbara C
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

This was a next generation trip (children and grandchildren) to this venerable attraction east of Stone Mountain. The Yellow River Game Ranch is one of the few animal attractions where people are encouraged to feed the animals. Thus kids get a very up close experience with a variety of domestic animals and local wildlife. Some of the enclosures look a bit rough, but multiple signs say these are "rescue" animals. And the farm animals probably have it just as good as on any regular farm. The deer no longer roam free, which was a bit intimidating when it was allowed because they they could get aggressive. However, as you stroll about carrying your crackers, carrots and other goodies to feed the animals, beware of the squirrels. We had a squirrel jump on and climb up one adult member of our party to try to nab that cracker she was carrying. This which elicited an impromptu dance (with vocal accompaniment) by the person involved and lots of laughs from everyone else - though we all kept an eye out for the squirrels from that point on. Overall this is an interesting family oriented experience.

Thank Bob L
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

I visited here when I was a kid on a fieldtrip and it was no zoo, but still entertaining and fun. I learned and saw a lot that day.

Thank Renae F
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

It is soaked with children over feeding the animals, but you can see a lot in a a suburban setting. Plus there is so much for the kids to see.

Thank Hpytravlr
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