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I learned about this lovely little hidden treasure from a fan, Cindy M.  Thanks Cindy!! It’s tucked away in the back of a neighborhood in Decatur! There are several trails, but they are all only .1 or .2 miles each.  Nevertheless, the boys and I spent almost two hours there, and would have stayed longer if not for my fear of 5pm traffic.  You can listen for frogs at the Amphibian Pond (we saw millions of baby tadpoles – is that redundant??) We climbed the large Raccoon and Indian Rocks.  The Photo Blind was a fun way to scope out the turtles on Beaver Pond, and the Observation Deck was tall, and had a great HUGE chair that both boys enjoyed.

The Outer Loop was very muddy, even in the sun.  But don’t let that stop you from walking it!! It follows South Fork Peachtree Creek, with great places to wade in the water, play in the sand, and picnic along the creek.  There is even a tire swing over part of the creek that my oldest fell in love with! We saw families walking, picnicking, and having a great time, but it was not busy at all.  Idyllic, I would say. The trees are huge and the birds are singing. It’s hard to believe the city is so close!

There are port-o-potties, with a sink to wash your hands, and a picnic table at the beginning of the trail. Park on the road, along the curb.  No fees for parking or hiking.

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