Elachee Facilities

Elachee Nature Science Center, in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve, is a woodland refuge in south Hall County, Georgia, that has quietly grown and flourished over four decades to become a favorite North Georgia destination and event venue.  

Our facilities are in use year-round for school field trips, summer day camps, seasonal public events and more! When not in use for educational programming, the Elachee is available for rental. Elachee is an ideal location for weddings and receptions, business meetings, retreats and family events. ELACHEE FACILITY RENTALS

Elachee Main Campus

HOURS/DIRECTIONS Off Atlanta Highway in South Hall County, 1 mile North of Chicopee Woods Golf Course: 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville, GA 30504

Elachee Visitor Center Complex HOURS / ADMISSION

  • Dunlap/Armstrong Building
    • Visitor Center Lobby and Welcome Desk
    • Nature Shop
    • Platt Hall Natural History and Ecology Exhibits
    • The Mike and Robbie McCormac Pollinator Pass Interpretive Exhibit featuring two Demonstration Bee Hives
    • Patio and Balcony overlooking the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve
      • Balcony: Tree Trail Interpretive Exhibit
      • Balcony: Georgia Pollinator Student Art Exhibit
      • Patio: Live Animal Room
      • Patio: Aviary
      • Patio: Educational Classrooms
  • Elachee Nature Academy (ENA) Campus
  • Gwen Mundy Education Hall
  • The Thomas and the Leffingwell Outdoor Classrooms featuring the Georgia-inspired Wonder Wall Mural
  • Elachee’s E-House WHAT'S THIS?
  • Leet Administration Building

Elachee Visitor Center Grounds

  • Access to Hiking Trail System HIKING TRAILS
  • Becky Geiger Pavilion and Garden
  • Outdoor Amphitheaters
    • The Knoll: Stage and Bench Seating
    • Rock Room: Stage and Boulder Seating
  • Tipton Pavilion
  • Walters Pavilion
  • Certified Pollinator Gardens
  • Covered and Open-air Picnic Areas
  • Geiger Trail (paved trail)
  • Storybook Trail (stroller-accessible, kiosks along a section of Geiger Trail)
  • Ed Dodd Trail Self-Guided Trail
  • Dunlap Garden
  • Compost Exhibition Site

Elachee’s Chicopee Woods Aquatic Studies Center at Chicopee Lake

HOURS/DIRECTIONS By foot, hike 2.5 miles from the Elachee Visitor Center. By vehicle, access directly: 2100 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville, GA 30504

Used for pond and wetland studies, this scenic area is also a favorite site for birders. Parking lot is open daily, 7 a.m. to sunset. Note: there are no public restrooms and all vehicles subject to the Chicopee Woods Area Park Commission $5 daily parking fee.

  • Dawn McKibbon Teaching Pavilion
  • Mini Outdoor Ampitheatre
  • Boardwalk and Waterfront Gazebos ­(paved access)
  • Nature Observation Areas
  • Access to Hiking Trail Network HIKING TRAILS