Fernbank Forest

Decatur, Georgia

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Nestled in the valley of Peavine Creek and along wooded upland slopes, sixty-five-acre Fernbank Forest is a true rarity, a vestige of old-growth, virgin forest only a few miles from the heart of a major city. Families come to meander along paved trails beneath 200-year-old hardwoods, pause at overlooks and beside ponds, and reconnect with the natural world. Also on the grounds, the Fernbank Science Center offers exhibit halls, classrooms, a library, a world-class planetarium, an astronomical observatory (open Thursday and Friday evenings), and an aerospace education laboratory.

Fernbank Forest Professional Review and Guide

"Nestled in the valley of Peavine Creek and along wooded upland slopes, sixty-five-acre Fernbank Forest is a true rarity, a vestige of old-growth, virgin forest only a few miles from the heart of a major city.

Families come to meander along paved trails beneath 200-year-old hardwoods, pause at overlooks and beside ponds, and reconnect with the natural world. Also on the grounds, the Fernbank Science Center offers exhibit halls, classrooms, a library, a world-class planetarium, an astronomical observatory (open Thursday and Friday evenings), and an aerospace education laboratory."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Decatur
Distance: 1.5
Elevation Gain: 133 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: All year
Local Maps: USGS Northeast Atlanta
Driving Directions: Directions to Fernbank Forest

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May 2018