Field Trips

 

Things are warming up in Georgia and spring migration will soon be upon us. Atlanta Audubon field trips are a great way to learn more about our breeding residents and migrating birds. They are also a great way to meet other people who share your interest in birds.  We have a number of field trips on the calendar for the spring, and we hope you can get out and learn more Georgia's resident and migratory birds from Atlanta Audubon's enthusiastic field trip leaders.

 

Atlanta Audubon Society's field trips are free and open to the public. Beginning birders are welcome on our trips because this is a great way to learn about birds and to meet other people that share your love of birds and the outdoors! Some sites, such as state and national parks, require entry/parking fees. If registration is required, this need will be specified in the details. You can find details and driving directions by clicking on the calendar entry below or by scrolling down below the calendar to the description.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: On occasion, field trips may have to be cancelled (bad weather, etc.) or important details may change (for example, the original meeting spot for a site may have to be changed if there is a trail closure or parking problem). If you plan to attend a birdwalk, ALWAYS check this site the night before for updates.

 

LIABILITY NOTICE: By signing up for a trip or attending a field trip sponsored by Atlanta Audubon, I acknowledge that these activities can be hazardous and that I could be injured. I agree that I am voluntarily participating in these activities and assume any risk of physical injury or damage to my property.

 

If you would like to lead a field trip, contribute ideas for places to go, or give feedback about leaders, trips, or the field trip directions, please email Mary Kimberly, Field Trip Director.

 

 

We have adopted the American Birding Association's Principles of Birding Ethics. We encourage our members to follow these guidelines on our field trips and elsewhere. Please see our Birding Ethics page to familiarize yourself with the code and to find a link to the ABA's Code of Ethics page.

 

See trip details below the calendar or click on the event.

 

 


Field Trip: Mary Scott Nature Park

Monday 4/24 8:00AM

Mary Scott Nature Park (DeKalb County)

4150 Briarcliff Road

Atlanta, GA

 

This event is co-sponsored by Friends of Mary Scott Park

 

Leaders: Ralph Smith

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.358.2166

 

Birding Focus: There is a .41 mile gravel path that runs through the 10 acre park in the middle of a suburban neighborhood. There are many large pine, oak, poplar, and beech trees. A group from the Georgia Native Plant Society and neighbors are removing the invasive non- native plants (English Ivy, privet, kudzu, and others) to make it more bird friendly. Binoculars strongly recommended. Expect to see common urban forest birds with some nice surprises during migration. There are no bathroom facilities.

 

Directions and Parking: From I-85, take Exit 93 and go south on Shallowford Rd. for 0.8 mi. and turn left onto Briarcliff Rd. The park will be on your left, shortly after turning onto Briarcliff Rd. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.856069, -84.279227.

 

 


Field Trip: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Tuesday 4/25 7:30AM

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (Cobb County)

 

Co-sponsored by the National Park Service

 

PLEASE NOTE INFORMATION ABOUT CARPOOLING AND PARKING!

 

Leader: Joel McNeal

Cell contact morning of walk: 617.259.0944

 

Birding Focus: Kennesaw Mountain is the premier migrant hotspot in the southeast. We'll be looking for migrating flycatchers, vireos, thrushes, warblers, tanagers, and grosbeaks. Walk is about 2.5 miles total. Bring water and snacks. Restrooms are available in the Visitor Center; restrooms are open beginning at 7:30 am. All levels are welcome. There is a free bird checklist specifically for the park available upon request in the Visitor Center. For more information, please call 770-427-4686 x0 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.

 

Directions and parking: From I-75, take Exit 269 (Barrett Pkwy.). Turn west onto Barrett Pkwy. Drive 2 miles, then turn left at the stoplight onto Old Hwy. 41. Parking Lot #2 will be on your right along Old Hwy. 41 (after one mile). Please park here and follow the trail to the Visitor Center where the field trip will begin. The park has school field trips that visit the park on Thursdays and they have asked us to carpool when possible and to park in the "overflow lot", i.e. Parking Lot #2 on Old Hwy. 41. Please be considerate of their request. GPS of parking lot: N 33 59.127 W 84 34.852.

 


Field Trip: South River Trail

Friday 4/28 7:30AM

South River Trail (DeKalb County)

4432 Panola Rd.

Lithonia, GA

 

Leaders: Stan Chapman and Ralph Smith

Cell contacts morning of walk: 404-775-0650 (Stan); 404.358.2166 (Ralph)

 

Birding Focus: Birds are likely to include warblers, vireos, flycatchers, and thrushes. Birds seen by the leaders along this trail during the last two springs have included Blue Grosbeak, Yellow-breasted Chat, Indigo Bunting and many warblers, including the Kentucky, Hooded, and Northern Parula. Beginners are welcome. This trail is mostly paved and moves west past a few fields into an open woodland area adjacent to the South River in extreme south DeKalb County. It is a 2-mile walk back to the Panola Shoals parking lot. There are no restrooms along the trail.

 

Directions and Parking: From I-2-0, take Exit 71 and go south on Panola Rd. for 3.6 mi. The Panola Shoals trailhead (4432 Panola Rd.) parking lot will be on your left, just before the intersection with Snapfinger Rd. (GA-155). We will meet here, then shuttle a few cars to the south end of Lyons Road in Lithonia, where we will walk south along the Arabia Mountain Trail a short distance to where it joins the South River Trail. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.6537562,-84.186523.

 


Field Trip: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Thursday 5/4 7:30AM

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park (Cobb County)

 

Co-sponsored by the National Park Service

 

PLEASE NOTE INFORMATION ABOUT CARPOOLING AND PARKING!

 

Leader: Joel McNeal

Cell contact morning of walk: 617.259.0944

 

Birding Focus: Kennesaw Mountain is the premier migrant hotspot in the southeast. We'll be looking for migrating flycatchers, vireos, thrushes, warblers, tanagers, and grosbeaks. Walk is about 2.5 miles total. Bring water and snacks. Restrooms are available in the Visitor Center; restrooms are open beginning at 7:30 am. All levels are welcome. There is a free bird checklist specifically for the park available upon request in the Visitor Center. For more information, please call 770-427-4686 x0 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.

 

Directions and parking: From I-75, take Exit 269 (Barrett Pkwy.). Turn west onto Barrett Pkwy. Drive 2 miles, then turn left at the stoplight onto Old Hwy. 41. Parking Lot #2 will be on your right along Old Hwy. 41 (after one mile). Please park here and follow the trail to the Visitor Center where the field trip will begin. The park has school field trips that visit the park on Thursdays and they have asked us to carpool when possible and to park in the "overflow lot", i.e. Parking Lot #2 on Old Hwy. 41. Please be considerate of their request. GPS of parking lot: N 33 59.127 W 84 34.852.

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 5/6 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for migrants and permanent residents. All levels are welcome. Excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain. The walk lasts about three hours and covers approximately 2.5 miles. There are restrooms at the lake house, dog park, tennis courts, and Botanical Gardens.

 

Directions and Parking (N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746): From 10th St. and Peachtree, go east on 10th two blocks to Piedmont. Turn left (north) on Piedmont and pass 11th St. You'll see Quattro's and Willy's on your right. Meet in the parking lot directly behind this building (N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746), which also houses the Piedmont Park Conservancy. The park entrance is just past these restaurants on the right. Parkin is available on 11th St. across Piedmont from the community center. The Atlanta Botanical Garden parking garage is also an option (enter from Piedmont Ave. north of the community center across from The Prado; the fee is approximately $4 for two hours). From the Gardens, walk through Piedmont Park and around Lake Clara Meer on either side until you get to the Community Center on Piedmont Ave. across from 11th St.

 


Field Trip: Stone Mountain Songbird Habitat and Trail

Saturday 5/6 8:00AM

Stone Mountain Park Songbird Habitat and Trail (DeKalb County)

 

This trip is offered in cooperation with Fernbank Science Center and the Stone Mountain Memorial Association.

 

Leader: Chris Showalter, Ornithologist, Fernbank Science Center

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.625.7004

 

Birding Focus: The Songbird Habitat Trail at Stone Mountain Park is an excellent bird watching spot. The area is maintained in an early successional stage. The grasses, hedge rows, blackberry thickets, and low height of the trees provide excellent habitat and easy viewing opportunities. The trail is flat and about 1 mile in length. During spring we regularly encounter Scarlet and Summer Tanagers, Blue Grosbeaks, Indigo Buntings and several migrating warbler species. Stone Mountain is also excellent for Hawks! You may leave at any time. Please bring your own binoculars. Checklists will be provided. Beginners are welcome; this is a great way to meet people who share your interest in birds. Hope to see you there!

 

Directions and Parking: From Atlanta go east on US-78 to Exit 8 (Stone Mountain Park entrance). After entering the park, take an immediate left onto Stonewall Jackson Dr. Drive 3.3 miles (you will pass the golf club, the campground, and the entrance to the Evergreen Conference Center), then take a left onto another paved side road to reach the bird habitat. If entering from the west gate, take a right onto Robert E. Lee Blvd. and then another right onto Stonewall Jackson Dr. Entrance to the bird habitat will be on your right. The parking area is 800 ft. down at the end of this paved turnaround area, at the trailhead. Meet the group here. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.79548, -84.14609. Click here for a park map. The bird habitat is #7 on the map. Please be aware that the 25 MPH speed limit is strictly enforced within the park.

 

Note: While this field trip is free, please be aware that there is a $15 daily parking fee to enter Stone Mountain Park. The annual parking pass is $40. You must purchase either at the park with cash or credit card to attend this trip.

 


Field Trip: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 5/10 8:00AM

W.H. Reynolds Nature Preserve (Clayton County)

 

Leader: Anne McCallum

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.642.7148

 

Birding Focus: We will look for late migrats and resident birds such as woodpeckers (including Pileated Woodpeckers), warblers, thrushes, and Barred Owls. The trail is very wide, flat, and is less than 2 miles round trip. It passes through mature deciduous forest and along several ponds. Check out their website above for more details. Restrooms are available.

 

Directions and Parking: Just south of Atlanta, take Exit 233 from I-75. Take Hwy. 54 North (Jonesboro Rd.) about 0.9 mile to the light at Reynolds Rd. (Walmart will be ahead on your left). Turn left on Reynolds Rd. and go about another 1.1 mile to the parking lot, which will be on your left just after the road has turned a bit to the left. Google these coordinates or program your GPS:

33.601464, -84.346874

 

Public transportation: MARTA Routes 191 and 195 stop at Jonesboro Rd. at Huie Rd.: walk 0.5-mile west on Huie Rd., then right for a couple hundred feet to get to the preserve.

 


Field Trip: Panola Mountain State Park

Friday 5/12 8:30AM

Panola Mountain State Park (Rockdale County)

 

Co-sponsored by Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites

 

Leader: Anne McCallum

Cell contact day of walk: 678.642.7148

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for late migrants and resident birds of wetlands & forest, including sparrows, blackbirds, raptors, waterfowl, waders, and shorebirds. Those wishing to participate in this walk are requested to register with the Nature Center at the park by calling 770.389.7801.

 

Directions and Parking (33.6320, -84.1466): From I-20 East take Exit 68 for Wesley Chapel Rd. toward Snapfinger Rd. Turn right onto Wesley Chapel Rd. Go 0.3 miles and turn left onto Snapfinger Rd. Continue on Snapfinger Rd. (which becomes GA-155 S.) for seven miles, then turn left onto Alexander Lake Rd. SW. Drive 1.9 miles and then turn right onto Flat Bridge Rd. SW. The entrance to the parking lot will be on your left, about 50 feet after turning right. Meet at the Alexander Lake Parking area. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS: 33.6320, -84.1466.

 

Bring $5 cash for the parking fee. Alternatively, you can purchase a $50 annual parking pass good at all state parks. If you have a library card to any Georgia public library, you can "check out" a ParkPass ahead of time, exempting you from parking fees. For details go to Things to Know.

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 5/13 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for late migrants and permanent residents. All levels are welcome. Excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain. The walk lasts about three hours and covers approximately 2.5 miles. There are restrooms at the lake house, dog park, tennis courts, and Botanical Gardens.

 

Directions and Parking (N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746): From 10th St. and Peachtree, go east on 10th two blocks to Piedmont. Turn left (north) on Piedmont and pass 11th St. You'll see Quattro's and Willy's on your right. Meet in the parking lot directly behind this building (N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746), which also houses the Piedmont Park Conservancy. The park entrance is just past these restaurants on the right. Parkin is available on 11th St. across Piedmont from the community center. The Atlanta Botanical Garden parking garage is also an option (enter from Piedmont Ave. north of the community center across from The Prado; the fee is approximately $4 for two hours). From the Gardens, walk through Piedmont Park and around Lake Clara Meer on either side until you get to the Community Center on Piedmont Ave. across from 11th St.

 


Field Trip: Morningside Nature Preserve and Zonolite Park

Sunday 5/14 8:00AM

Morningside Nature Preserve (Fulton County)

Zonolite Park (DeKalb County)

 

Leaders: Vinod Babu and Gus Kaufman

Cell contact, morning of walk: 413.230.6276 (Vinod); 404.483.7457 (Gus)

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for late migrants and permanent residents. Habitats include forested areas and streamside. All levels are welcome. The walk lasts about three hours and covers approximately 3 miles (total, between the two separate sites). There are a few ascents at Morningside; the walk is mostly flat at Zonolite. No restrooms are available, so please plan accordingly. Dogs on leashes only, but would prefer that you not bring your dog.

 

Directions and Parking: We will meet at Morningside Nature Preserve at 2020 Lenox Rd., NE, Atlanta. From I-85 southbound, take Exit #88 and go south on Cheshire Bridge Rd. After 0.7 mi., turn left on Woodland Ave. After 400 ft., turn right on Lenox Rd. The parking lot will be on the right after 0.3 mi. Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS:

33.809783, -84.352133 . We will then move to Zonolite Park (33.805543, -84.341492).

 


Field Trip: Fernbank Forest

Saturday 5/20 9:00AM

Fernbank Forest (DeKalb County)

 

Leader: Clay, Neighborhood Nestwatch technician

Cell contact morning of walk: 216.392.2874

 

Birding Focus: Come discover the birds of Fernbank Forest. This program is excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain. All ages are welcome. Program is held rain or shine, but may be cancelled in cases of severe weather. We recommend participants bring binoculars, field guides and water with them. Once the walk begins, participants must remain with the group for the duration of the program. Restrooms are available in the museum lobby. Guidelines to help you make the most of this program can be found at:

Guidelines for Outdoor Programming. All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance reservations required.

 

Cost: included with Museum admission, free for Fernbank Members and free for Atlanta Audubon Society members. Advance reservations are required at 404.929.6400. Questions in advance may be directed to Eli at x6396. Participants should check in at the Museum ticketing counter, then meet the walk leaders in the Museum lobby. Participants should meet the walk leader in the Museum Lobby beginning at 8:45am. The group will depart promptly at 9:00 a.m. Due to the nature of the program, latecomers will not be accepted. Participant capacity is 25 people, so make your reservations today!

 

Directions and Parking: Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS:

33.77540, -84.32936 . The walk will begin at the Fernbank Museum lobby, located at 767 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. From I-285, take Stone Mountain Expressway (US 78) west, toward Decatur. It becomes Scott Blvd. and then merges with Ponce de Leon Ave. Turn right at Clifton Rd. The museum will be on your right. From downtown Atlanta, take Ponce de Leon Ave. east, toward Decatur. Turn left at Clifton Rd. The museum will be on your right.

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 6/3 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for migrants and permanent residents. All levels are welcome. Excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain. The walk lasts about three hours and covers approximately 2.5 miles. There are restrooms at the lake house, dog park, tennis courts, and Botanical Gardens.

 

Directions and Parking (N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746): From 10th St. and Peachtree, go east on 10th two blocks to Piedmont. Turn left (north) on Piedmont and pass 11th St. You'll see Quattro's and Willy's on your right. Meet in the parking lot directly behind this building (N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746), which also houses the Piedmont Park Conservancy. The park entrance is just past these restaurants on the right. Parkin is available on 11th St. across Piedmont from the community center. The Atlanta Botanical Garden parking garage is also an option (enter from Piedmont Ave. north of the community center across from The Prado; the fee is approximately $4 for two hours). From the Gardens, walk through Piedmont Park and around Lake Clara Meer on either side until you get to the Community Center on Piedmont Ave. across from 11th St.

 


Field Trip: Fernbank Forest

Saturday 6/3 9:00AM

Fernbank Forest (DeKalb County)

 

Leader: Vinod Babu and Gus Kaufman

Cell contacts morning of walk: 413.230.6276 (Vinod); 404.483.7457 (Gus)

 

Birding Focus: Come discover the birds of Fernbank Forest. This program is excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain. All ages are welcome. Program is held rain or shine, but may be cancelled in cases of severe weather. We recommend participants bring binoculars, field guides and water with them. Once the walk begins, participants must remain with the group for the duration of the program. Restrooms are available in the museum lobby. Guidelines to help you make the most of this program can be found at:

Guidelines for Outdoor Programming. All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance reservations required.

 

Cost: included with Museum admission, free for Fernbank Members and free for Atlanta Audubon Society members. Advance reservations are required at 404.929.6400. Questions in advance may be directed to Eli at x6396. Participants should check in at the Museum ticketing counter, then meet the walk leaders in the Museum lobby. Participants should meet the walk leader in the Museum Lobby beginning at 8:45am. The group will depart promptly at 9:00 a.m. Due to the nature of the program, latecomers will not be accepted. Participant capacity is 25 people, so make your reservations today!

 

Directions and Parking: Google these coordinates for a map or program your GPS:

33.77540, -84.32936 . The walk will begin at the Fernbank Museum lobby, located at 767 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. From I-285, take Stone Mountain Expressway (US 78) west, toward Decatur. It becomes Scott Blvd. and then merges with Ponce de Leon Ave. Turn right at Clifton Rd. The museum will be on your right. From downtown Atlanta, take Ponce de Leon Ave. east, toward Decatur. Turn left at Clifton Rd. The museum will be on your right.

 


Field Trip: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 6/14 8:00AM

W.H. Reynolds Nature Preserve (Clayton County)

 

Leader: Anne McCallum

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.642.7148

 

Birding Focus: We will look for migrating and resident birds such as woodpeckers (including Pileated Woodpeckers), warblers, thrushes, and Barred Owls. The trail is very wide, flat, and is less than 2 miles round trip. It passes through mature deciduous forest and along several ponds. Check out their website above for more details. Restrooms are available.

 

Directions and Parking: Just south of Atlanta, take Exit 233 from I-75. Take Hwy. 54 North (Jonesboro Rd.) about 0.9 mile to the light at Reynolds Rd. (Walmart will be ahead on your left). Turn left on Reynolds Rd. and go about another 1.1 mile to the parking lot, which will be on your left just after the road has turned a bit to the left. Google these coordinates or program your GPS:

33.601464, -84.346874

 

Public transportation: MARTA Routes 191 and 195 stop at Jonesboro Rd. at Huie Rd.: walk 0.5-mile west on Huie Rd., then right for a couple hundred feet to get to the preserve.

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 7/1 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for migrants and permanent residents. All levels are welcome. Excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain. The walk lasts about three hours and covers approximately 2.5 miles. There are restrooms at the lake house, dog park, tennis courts, and Botanical Gardens.

 

Directions and Parking (N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746): From 10th St. and Peachtree, go east on 10th two blocks to Piedmont. Turn left (north) on Piedmont and pass 11th St. You'll see Quattro's and Willy's on your right. Meet in the parking lot directly behind this building (N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746), which also houses the Piedmont Park Conservancy. The park entrance is just past these restaurants on the right. Parkin is available on 11th St. across Piedmont from the community center. The Atlanta Botanical Garden parking garage is also an option (enter from Piedmont Ave. north of the community center across from The Prado; the fee is approximately $4 for two hours). From the Gardens, walk through Piedmont Park and around Lake Clara Meer on either side until you get to the Community Center on Piedmont Ave. across from 11th St.

 


Field Trip: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 7/12 8:00AM

W.H. Reynolds Nature Preserve (Clayton County)

 

Leader: Anne McCallum

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.642.7148

 

Birding Focus: We will look for migrating and resident birds such as woodpeckers (including Pileated Woodpeckers), warblers, thrushes, and Barred Owls. The trail is very wide, flat, and is less than 2 miles round trip. It passes through mature deciduous forest and along several ponds. Check out their website above for more details. Restrooms are available.

 

Directions and Parking: Just south of Atlanta, take Exit 233 from I-75. Take Hwy. 54 North (Jonesboro Rd.) about 0.9 mile to the light at Reynolds Rd. (Walmart will be ahead on your left). Turn left on Reynolds Rd. and go about another 1.1 mile to the parking lot, which will be on your left just after the road has turned a bit to the left. Google these coordinates or program your GPS:

33.601464, -84.346874

 

Public transportation: MARTA Routes 191 and 195 stop at Jonesboro Rd. at Huie Rd.: walk 0.5-mile west on Huie Rd., then right for a couple hundred feet to get to the preserve.

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 8/5 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for migrants and permanent residents. All levels are welcome. Excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain. The walk lasts about three hours and covers approximately 2.5 miles. There are restrooms at the lake house, dog park, tennis courts, and Botanical Gardens.

 

Directions and Parking (N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746): From 10th St. and Peachtree, go east on 10th two blocks to Piedmont. Turn left (north) on Piedmont and pass 11th St. You'll see Quattro's and Willy's on your right. Meet in the parking lot directly behind this building (N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746), which also houses the Piedmont Park Conservancy. The park entrance is just past these restaurants on the right. Parkin is available on 11th St. across Piedmont from the community center. The Atlanta Botanical Garden parking garage is also an option (enter from Piedmont Ave. north of the community center across from The Prado; the fee is approximately $4 for two hours). From the Gardens, walk through Piedmont Park and around Lake Clara Meer on either side until you get to the Community Center on Piedmont Ave. across from 11th St.

 


Field Trip: Reynolds Nature Preserve

Wednesday 8/9 8:00AM

W.H. Reynolds Nature Preserve (Clayton County)

 

Leader: Anne McCallum

Cell contact morning of walk: 678.642.7148

 

Birding Focus: We will look for migrating and resident birds such as woodpeckers (including Pileated Woodpeckers), warblers, thrushes, and Barred Owls. The trail is very wide, flat, and is less than 2 miles round trip. It passes through mature deciduous forest and along several ponds. Check out their website above for more details. Restrooms are available.

 

Directions and Parking: Just south of Atlanta, take Exit 233 from I-75. Take Hwy. 54 North (Jonesboro Rd.) about 0.9 mile to the light at Reynolds Rd. (Walmart will be ahead on your left). Turn left on Reynolds Rd. and go about another 1.1 mile to the parking lot, which will be on your left just after the road has turned a bit to the left. Google these coordinates or program your GPS:

33.601464, -84.346874

 

Public transportation: MARTA Routes 191 and 195 stop at Jonesboro Rd. at Huie Rd.: walk 0.5-mile west on Huie Rd., then right for a couple hundred feet to get to the preserve.

 


Field Trip: Piedmont Park

Saturday 9/2 8:00AM

Piedmont Park (Fulton County)

 

Leader: Jason Ward

Cell contact morning of walk: 404.759.7770

 

Birding Focus: We'll be looking for migrants and permanent residents. All levels are welcome. Excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain. The walk lasts about three hours and covers approximately 2.5 miles. There are restrooms at the lake house, dog park, tennis courts, and Botanical Gardens.

 

Directions and Parking (N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746): From 10th St. and Peachtree, go east on 10th two blocks to Piedmont. Turn left (north) on Piedmont and pass 11th St. You'll see Quattro's and Willy's on your right. Meet in the parking lot directly behind this building (N 33 47.025 W 84 22.746), which also houses the Piedmont Park Conservancy. The park entrance is just past these restaurants on the right. Parkin is available on 11th St. across Piedmont from the community center. The Atlanta Botanical Garden parking garage is also an option (enter from Piedmont Ave. north of the community center across from The Prado; the fee is approximately $4 for two hours). From the Gardens, walk through Piedmont Park and around Lake Clara Meer on either side until you get to the Community Center on Piedmont Ave. across from 11th St.