The McGarity Wetland Preserve is located along the Alcovy River in proximity to Covington, Georgia. This wetland site provides a research and educational outdoor laboratory, and is situated directly across the river from Georgia’s northernmost-recorded gum pond, dominated by water tupelo (Nyssa sylvatiga). The McGarity Wetland Preserve was dedicated in July 1996, named in honor of Allie May and John Dow McGarity. The site is a part of the Alcovy River Gateway Project. The Odum School of Ecology manages this 136-acre (55-ha) site for wetland research and preservation.