Sandy Creek Park Lake Chapman Trail

Atlanta, Georgia

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Sandy Creek Park surrounds 260-acre Lake Chapman, which was constructed to preserve the Sandy Creek watershed, act as an emergency water reservoir for Athens, and serve as a recreation site. Healthy populations of catfish, bass, and crappie draw anglers to the lake, while a sandy beach makes this park a popular place to swim and catch some rays. The park also rents canoes and kayaks. If you are looking for a good day hike in the park, the Lakeside Trail explores the shore of Lake Chapman, where you might see great blue herons fishing at the water’s edge. Periodically, the trail climbs into the surrounding hills and rolls through the shade of a pleasant hardwood forest. Near the lake’s north-eastern tip, a lengthy wood footbridge carries you across Sandy Creek and a broad wetland habitat.

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"Sandy Creek Park surrounds 260-acre Lake Chapman, which was constructed to preserve the Sandy Creek watershed, act as an emergency water reservoir for Athens, and serve as a recreation site. Healthy populations of catfish, bass, and crappie draw anglers to the lake, while a sandy beach makes this park a popular place to swim and catch some rays.

The park also rents canoes and kayaks. If you are looking for a good day hike in the park, the Lakeside Trail explores the shore of Lake Chapman, where you might see great blue herons fishing at the water’s edge. Periodically, the trail climbs into the surrounding hills and rolls through the shade of a pleasant hardwood forest. Near the lake’s north-eastern tip, a lengthy wood footbridge carries you across Sandy Creek and a broad wetland habitat."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Atlanta
Distance: 6.8
Elevation Gain: 860 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 3 -4 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Sandy Creek Park
Local Maps: A trail map is available in the park office and online at tinyurl.com/ltmmudh

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Jun 2018