New Boardwalk on Lake Loop Trail
A flood-prone stretch of the Chicopee Woods Lake Loop hiking trail has a new 30-foot boardwalk thanks to the Elachee Volunteer Trail Crew and grant funding from the Wells Fargo Foundation. Previous attempts to compensate for the flooding and muddy path did not provide a long-term solution. Mitigating this area became a priority trail maintenance project late summer as the volume of hikers along the trail system has continued to grow at an exponential rate since the COVID-19 pandemic onset.
The boardwalk is an important new feature along this pedestrian trail. Raised off the ground, water run-off, mud and organic matter can flow underneath it to flood plain without getting trapped and becoming a soggy mess.
The Trail Crew cleared all the debris, including organic matter and rebar from an earlier attempt, until the area was level. Volunteer Dave McCarroll drafted the plans for the boardwalk. They then teamed up to cut boards to size, hauled the wood and supplies to the area, then constructed the boardwalk on site. See photo gallery.
Community partners and this dedicated (and talented!) volunteer corps collaborate with Elachee Nature Science Center in ongoing conservation and preservation initiatives within the Chicopee Woods Conservation Area. These efforts support and maintain the 8-mile hiking trail system in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve, one of Georgia’s largest protected green spaces located in south Hall County. Elachee receives no federal, state or local funding, relying instead on donations and grant awards to maintain this popular pedestrian refuge. Hikers from around the region enjoy this urban woodland, open daily to the public. PLAN YOUR VISIT