Notable Georgia Urban Forests

According to Wikipedia, “an urban forest is a forest or a collection of trees that grow within a city, town or a suburb.  In a wider sense it may include any kind of woody plant vegetation growing in and around human settlements.  In a narrower sense (also called forest park) it describes areas whose ecosystems are inherited from wilderness leftovers or remnants.”  The list below is far from comprehensive and places an emphasis on less known, smaller, passive greenspaces.   These greenspaces are sometimes described as “hidden forests” and typically fall outside of the more popular city and state park category.  It will be updated monthly so new cities and forests will be added.   All of the forests have been nominated by GUFC members from around the state; however, if an error is present in the information and/or you would like to nominate a forest, contact Neil Norton at neil@gufc.org.

Atlanta (inside perimeter)Atlanta (outside perimeter)MaconSavannahKeyOverview Map.   More to follow soon.

Atlanta (inside perimeter)

Name Invasives Sucession Acres Watershed Location Neighborhood Notes
Baker Woods 2 3 3 Chattah. Fishburne Dr., Emory Emory
Blue Heron Nature Preserve nd nd 12 Chattah. 33.86752,-84.379421 Chastain t
Cascade Springs Nature Preserve nd nd 120 Chattah. 2852 Cascade Rd, Atlanta Brookwood Hills t, n, h
Clear Creek Nature Preserve nv 4 75 Chattah. 77 Wakefield Dr NE, Atlanta, GA Piedmont Park t
Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve 2 2 28 Chattah. 2580 Pine Bluff Dr., 30033 Medlock t
Connally Nature Park Trees 3 4 30 Flint 1992 Connally Dr, East Point East Point t
Constitution Lakes in South DeKalb 1 3 130 Ocmulgee 33.681729,-84.338738 Moreland t
Daniel Johnson Nature Preserve 4 4 8 Chattah. Beech Valley Rd NE, Atlanta Morningside t
Deepdene Park 4 3 22 Chattah. 33.772405,-84.320156 Druid Hills t
Fernbank Forest 3 4 65 Chattah. 156 Heaton Park Dr., 30307 Druid Hills t, c, r
Frazier Center Forest 2 4 30 Chattah. 1815 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, 30307 Lake Claire t
Georgia Perimeter Botanical Garden nd nd 4 Ocmulgee 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur South DeKalb t, b
Glenn Creek Nature Preserve 4 3 3 Ocmulgee 107 Fairview Rd, 30030 Decatur t
Hahn Woods/Wesley Woods 2 3 64 Chattah. 880 Houston Mill Rd NE, Atlanta Emory t
Ira Melton 1 2 19 Chattah. Desmond Drive, 30033 Medlock t
Kirkwood Urban Forest 3 3 4 Ocmulgee 33.749174,-84.32841 Kirkwood t
Lionel Hampton Park nd nd 48 Chattah. Willis Mill Rd., Atlanta West Atlanta t
Little Nancy Creek Park nd nd 4 Chattah. Peachtree Dunwoody Road & Winall Down Road Brookhaven
Maddox Park nd nd 52 Chattah. 1142 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy. NW, 30318 S.W. Atlanta t, c
Morningside Nature Preserve nd nd 36 Chattah. 33.772405,-84.320156 Morningside t
Riverside nd nd 7 Chattah. James Jackson Pkwy Riverside
Rockdale Park nd nd 20 Chattah. Habershal Dr & Johnson Rd Rockdale
South Peachtree Creek Trail 2 3 4 mi Chattah. 874 Gaylemont Circle, Decatur Medlock t, c
Storza Woods 4 3 30 Chattah. 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, 30309 Piedmont Park t,  r, b
Swan House Woods nd nd 10 Chattah. 130 W.Paces Ferry Road NW, 30305 Buckhead t, h, r
Swan Preserve nd nd 34 Ocmulgee Bromack Dr SE Atlanta
Tanyard Creek Urban Forest 3 3 T6 Chattah. 1997 Walthall Dr. Buckhead t, r, c, h
Woodlands Garden 4 3 7 Chattah. 920 Scott Blvd., Decatur Decatur t, b, r

Other Notables: Piedmont Park, Chattahoochee River Units, Henerson Park, Lullwater Park

Atlanta (outside perimeter)

Name Invasives Sucession Acres Watershed Location Neighborhood Notes
Alpharetta Arboretum nd nd nd Chattah. see website Alpharetta a, c, t
Alpharetta Greenway nd nd 8 mi Chattah. see website Alpharetta c
Autrey Mill Nature Preserve nd nd 46 Chattah. 9770 Autrey Mill Road, 30022 Johns Creek t, n
Big Tree Forest  Nature Preserve 3 4 30 Chattah. 7645 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs Sandy Springs t
Cato Environmental Center 3 3 11 Chattah. 5286 Austell Road, 30106 Austell t
Forty Oaks Nature Preserve 2 2 10 Ocmulgee 3790 Market St., 30021 Clarkston t
Friedship Forest nd nd 17 Chattah. 4380 East Ponce de Leon Ave. Clarkston t
Herbert Greene Nature Preserve nd nd 56 Chattah. Boulder Park Drive West Atlanta t
Lost Corner nd nd 22 Chattah. Riverside Dr. and Brandon Mill Sandy Springs t
Morgan Falls 2 nd 20 Chattah. 200 Morgan Falls Road, 30350 Sandy Springs t
N. Camp Creek Pkwy. Nature Preserve nd nd 40 Chattah. 3380 Stone Rd. SW Camp Creek
Outdoor Activity Center 3 3 22 Chattah. 1442 Richland Ave, 30310 West Atlanta t,n,r
Reynolds Nature Preserve nd nd 146 Flint 5665 Reynolds Road, Morrow, 30-60 Morrow t, n
Suwanee Creek Greenway nd nd 400 Chattah. 1170 Buford Highway, 30024 Suwanee t, c
Thompson Mill Forest 3 3-Jan 330 Oconee 8755 Highway 53, 30517 Brasselton t, b
Tucker Nature Preserve nd nd 9 4440 Lawrenceville HighwayTucker, Georgia 30084 Tucker t
Wright Environ. Education Center 3 3 19 Chattah. 2661 Johnson Ferry Road, 30062 East Cobb t

Other Notables: Stone Mountain, Panola Mountain, Arabia Davidson Mountain, Chatahoochie River Units,Sweetwater Creek,
Dunwoody Nature Center, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Elachee Nature Center.

Macon

Name Invasives Sucession Acres Watershed Location Notes
Amerson Water Works Park 3 3 180 Ocmulgee 2600 Riverview Rd., Macon t
Bloomfield Park nd nd nd Ocmulgee 4115 Lions Place, Macon t, r, c
Georgia Industrial Children’s Home nd nd 200 Ocmulgee 4690 North Mumford Road, Macon t, c
Macon State College Waddell Barnes Botanical Gardens 4 2 67 Ocmulgee 100 College Station Dr., Macon b, p, r
Macon State College Waddell Barnes Botanical Gardens 4 5 52 Ocmulgee 100 University BLVD, Warner Robins b, t, r
Wesleyan College Arboretum 2 3 100 Ocmulgee 4760 Forsyth Road, Macon t

Savannah

Name Invasives Sucession Acres Watershed Location Neighborhood
Bacon Park Forest 3 4 1021 Savannah Skidaway Rd & Bacon Park Dr. Bacon Park
Bonaventure Cemetery 4 4 100 Savannah 330 Bonaventure Road. E. Savannah
Forsyth Park 4 4 75 Savannah Gaston & Whitaker Streets. Historic Dist.
Mary Khars Warnell Forest Education Center nd nd 3300 Savannah 5960 Highway 17 South, Guyton, 31312 Guyton
Savannah Ogeeche Canel from Ogeechee River to Locke 5 3 3 nd Savannah 681 Fort Argyle Road (Rt. 204), 31419 Savannah Canal
Skidaway Island State Park 4 4 588 Ogeechee 52 Diamond Cswy, 31411 Skidaway Island
Tom Triplett Park 3 3 193 Savannah 100 Tom Triplett Rd 31322 Pooler
Whitemarsh Island Preserve 3 3 nd Savannah Johnny Mercer Blvd/Bryan Woods Rd. 31410 Whitemarsh Island

 

KEY

Invasives:  1= Total invaded, 5=Totally Removed

Succession: 1=Less than 5 years old, 5= Old Growth Forest

ND= Not Determined

Notes:

Arboretum a
Bicycles c
Botanical (Trees Labled) b
Historical h
Mulched Trails m
Nature Center n
Restroom r

 

 


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Two examples of notable urban forests that actively managed its invasives are Elachee Nature Center and Glenn Creek Nature Preserve.  Do you have others to add to this list?  Send to neil@gufc.org.

 

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