Hiking Trail Updates

Whether you hike once a year or more frequently traverse the hiking trails in one of Georgia’s largest protected green spaces, the 1,440-acre Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve, Elachee is looking out for you.

Irreplaceable Natural Resource

Elachee is conservator in perpetuity for the Nature Preserve, under a land management agreement with the Chicopee Woods Area Park Commission (CWAPC). Neither CWAPC nor Elachee receive any federal, state or local government funding to perform the conservation stewardship work that restores and protects the health of this regional treasure – its forest, streams and habitats – including the 12-mile hiking trail system.

The hiking trails connect Elachee’s Visitor Center campus with Elachee’s Aquatic Studies Center at Chicopee Lake. To operate and maintain the hiking trail system, Elachee relies on annual donations and volunteer support from individuals and community partners. This symbiotic relationship keeps the irreplaceable recreational resource pristine and accessible for our guests. TAKE A HIKE: elachee.org/hiking-trails

Hiking Trail Updates (Fall 2018)

Elachee Volunteer Trail Crew’s current projects: Chicopee Woods Hiking Trail Updates, Fall 2018

To simplify navigation, there are trail name changes prompting signage updates. What’s different? The newly named Bridge Trail starts where the Suspension Bridge intersects the West Lake Trail, extending east to its intersection with East Lake Trail. For reference, the Dunlap Trail formerly overlapped sections of the West Lake and East Lake Trails. Dunlap has now been limited to a beautiful portion of the trail that spurs off of West Lake Trail and runs down to and along Homestead Creek before reconnecting back to West Lake Trail.

With the design phase complete, the Trail Crew is constructing a new portion of the Bridge Trail near the Suspension Bridge that will reroute it away from an existing staircase slated for removal. This new section of trail will have a slight grade that will not require a staircase, ultimately requiring less long-term maintenance.

Recent bridge inspections revealed that component boards required replacement. These small bridge repairs are complete. The constant heavy humidity under the forest canopy contributes to the quick breakdown of lumber, necessitating regular maintenance of trail infrastructure.

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