There’s nothing like a walk in the woods to melt away the stress of everyday life. And when that stress is gone, the world becomes a little kinder too; at least that’s what I find with my family. In addition to numerous state parks, Georgia has several woodland nature preserves, perfect for getting in touch with your inner calm. As an added bonus, these preserves also have more than just woods to mosey around.
Dauset Trails Nature Preserve – Bring your bike or your horse to this nature preserve. There are 20 plus miles of bike and hiking trails, as well as 10 miles of horse trails. There is also a barnyard where you can explore a 19th century working farm, and Wildlife trail where you’ll see animals that cannot be released back into the wild. Although Dauset Trails offers free admission, bring some change to feed the fish off the boardwalk.
Autrey Mill Nature Preserve & Heritage Center – Autrey Mill sits on 46 acres in a bustling northern Atlanta suburb. In addition to trails, there is a Heritage Village showcasing the area’s rural past. Buildings date from the mid 1800s to the mid 1900s. In addition, there are several Indian dwellings, including a full-sized tepee that my boys love playing in and around. Autrey Mill also has an animal exhibit with dioramas, as well as real native animals.
Reynolds Nature Preserve – Located in Clayton County, just south of Atlanta, this 146-acre woodland habitat has three miles of hiking trails, as well as a nature center with live animals. The hiking trails wind from high ridge to wetlands. You might also spot old farm equipment, a springhouse, and a barn dating back to 1867.
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