Chicopee Woods Hiking Trails
NOTICE: Trails in Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve are available, but visitors must follow CDC guidance for social distancing. All rules are still in place. Dogs are only allowed on Saturday and Sunday and must be leashed at all times. No dogs Monday through Friday (including holidays). Restrooms only available during Elachee Visitor Center open hours. TIPS FOR TRAIL USE
Accept the Hiking for Health 150-Mile Chicopee Challenge in 2020, presented by Northside Hospital. Download the 2020 HIKING LOG. Hike 150 miles by December 31, 2020 to earn a FREE limited edition t-shirt!
Stretch Your Legs at Elachee
Set amidst the grandeur of the 1,440-acre Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve, 8 miles of hiking trails connect the Elachee Visitor Center campus with Elachee’s Aquatic Studies Center at Chicopee Lake. Savor the tranquil beauty of one of Georgia’s largest protected greenspaces.
Open to the public daily from 7 a.m. to sunset, you may hike the trails for free. However, all vehicles entering and parking in the Chicopee Woods Conservation Area are subject to the Chicopee Woods Area Park Commission parking fee (effective February 1, 2018). Daily parking fee is $5 per vehicle or $10 for 15-passenger vans and buses. Or, purchase a $50 annual parking pass.
The Nature Preserve features rolling topography and four diverse habitats: woodland, lake, stream and wetland. Your trail options range from a 0.5-mile paved, stroller-accessible trail to a more challenging 4.5-mile hike across the Nature Preserve to Chicopee Lake and back.
Trail Operations and Maintenance
The Preserve’s plants, animals and natural materials are here to be enjoyed by all visitors now and in the future, and must not be disturbed, harmed or removed. Elachee operates and maintains the Chicopee Woods hiking trail system thanks to donations of money and time. As a private, not-for-profit organization, Elachee relies on financial and volunteer support to keep this fabulous recreational resource pristine, safe and accessible for our guests.