Sandy Creek Park: Lake Chapman Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"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."