Tips for Trail Use
NOTICE, EFFECTIVE MARCH 14, 2020: Visitors must follow CDC guidance for social distancing until further notice. All rules are still in place (see below).
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Before You Head into the Woods
The Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve is open from 7 a.m. until sunset each day. Hikers may access the 8-mile trail system only during these hours. Note, all vehicles are subject to the Chicopee Woods Conservation Area daily parking fee.
- As of January 1, 2021: No Dogs or Pets allowed in the Chicopee Woods Conservation Area (including the hiking trails and on the Elachee Nature Science Center campus) The No Dogs or Pets restriction by order of the Chicopee Woods Area Park Commission, effective January 1, 2021.
- No Horses are permitted on the Hiking Trails.
Practice “Leave No Trace”
Take pictures and make memories. Leave only footprints.
- No Bikes on the Hiking Trails.
- No Hunting or Fishing in the Nature Preserve.
- No collecting plants, animals, rocks or removing other natural materials from the Nature Preserve.
- Pack It In. Pack It Out. Leave No Trace.™ There are no trash cans along the trails.
- Dress appropriately for the season and weather conditions.
- Trail conditions vary according to the weather. Bridges may ice over and slopes become slippery.
- Bring water with you and carry plenty of it – hiking is a thirsty business.
- There are no restroom facilities along the trails or at Chicopee Lake.
Restrooms, water and snacks may be available at the Elachee Visitor Center during operating hours. HOURS
Think Before You Touch
- Be alert. Give wild creatures living along the trails and in the woods a wide berth.
- Most plants along the trails and in the woods are “people-friendly,” but a few like poison ivy are not. Learn to identify problem plants and give them a wide berth, too.
- Resist the temptation to put your fingers in interesting holes along the trails to avoid providing some critter a snack!
If You Encounter Problems on the Trails
- See a tree down, notice something that needing maintenance?
Report to Elachee at 770-535-1976 or EMAIL US.
- Call 911 in case of emergency.
- Reference the trail you are on and the nearest mile marker. Remember these markers are every 0.25 mile along each trail.
- If you are near the Elachee Visitor Center, give this address: 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville, GA 30504
- If you are near the Chicopee Woods Aquatic Studies Center at Chicopee Lake, give this address: 2100 Calvary Church Road, Gainesville, GA 30507