Upcoming Events

Georgia's Climate Story Program & Hike
March 10th, 2018

Fifty million years ago, Earth was so warm that the Arctic hosted alligators and lush forests. Though Georgia never saw glaciers, the cycles of advancing and retreating continental ice sheets have profoundly shaped Georgia’s landscapes and biodiversity. Dr. Bill Witherspoon will have presentations at 10:30 am, & 12:30 pm with trail hikes focusing on geology at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm. 

Dr. Bill Witherspoon spent 17 years as a geology educator at the Dekalb Co Schools Fernbank Science Center and is the co-author of Roadside Geology Georgia. He has presented more than 70 workshops, talks and walks throughout Georgia since the book’s publication. 

The Preserve will be open 10 am – 5 pm for hiking on your own; a fun craft & interactive educational materials are available for kids ages 3-11.

Admission is $3 per person/max $10 per family or FREE to members and includes parking & hiking.

Visitors may hike one of the Preserve’s three trails that range in length from a stroll of .25 mi to a 1.7 mi loop trail around the lake. Leashed dogs are welcome, but the trails do not accommodate strollers. Please arrive no later than 4 pm so you will have time to finish your hike before we close.

Directions: We are located off Douthit Bridge Rd, accessed only from Hwy 61 (between Cartersville & Dallas). Since our location is off the beaten path, many map programs do NOT provide accurate directions. Use the info on our Contact Us page. 

Or for GPS, use "Douthit Bridge Rd, Dallas, 30132", then follow signs. 


10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Atlanta Coyote Project Program & HIke
April 14th, 2018

Coyote sightings are now commonplace in Georgia, even in large cities. The Atlanta Coyote Project is devoted to learning more about coyotes living within the metro Atlanta area. Whether you are captivated, concerned, or just plain curious when it comes to coyotes, the scientists at the ACP are an important source of information and provide strategies for avoiding human-coyote contact. Program will feature educator Joe Mann and Dr. Chris Mowry of Berry College presenting at 10:30 & 11:30 am and 12:30 and 1:30 pm.

Dr. Chris Mowry is Associate Professor of Biology at Berry College, a private liberal-arts undergraduate institution just outside of Atlanta, GA, where he teaches courses in Zoology, Ecology, and Conservation Biology. He is the founder of the Atlanta Coyote Project and has been conducting research on coyotes since 2002.

The Preserve will be open 10 am – 5 pm for hiking on your own; a fun craft & interactive educational materials are available for kids ages 3-11.

Admission is $3 per person/max $10 per family or FREE to members and includes parking & hiking.

Visitors may hike one of the Preserve’s three trails that range in length from a stroll of .25 mi to a 1.7 mi loop trail around the lake. Leashed dogs are welcome, but the trails do not accommodate strollers. Please arrive no later than 4 pm so you will have time to finish your hike before we close.

Directions: We are located off Douthit Bridge Rd, accessed only from Hwy 61 (between Cartersville & Dallas). Since our location is off the beaten path, many map programs do NOT provide accurate directions. Use the info on our Contact Us page. 

Or for GPS, use "Douthit Bridge Rd, Dallas, 30132", then follow signs. 


10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Invaders From Other Places Program & Hike
May 12th, 2018

What happens when plants from outside Georgia or even outside the U.S. take up residence in our land? Learn about the impact of invasive species on ecosystems in Georgia and why it’s important for you to promote our native species – for our sake as well as theirs. The program will feature Dr. Julie Newell of Kennesaw State University with presentations at 10:30 am, 11:30 am & 12:30 pm.

A passionate native-plant gardener, Dr. Newell is active in the Georgia Native Plant Society, has completed training as a Certified Master Naturalist, and holds a Certificate in Native Plants from the University of Georgia.

The Preserve will be open 10 am – 5 pm for hiking on your own; a fun craft & interactive educational materials are available for kids ages 3-11.

Admission is $3 per person/max $10 per family or FREE to members and includes parking & hiking.

Visitors may hike one of the Preserve’s three trails that range in length from a stroll of .25 mi to a 1.7 mi loop trail around the lake. Leashed dogs are welcome, but the trails do not accommodate strollers. Please arrive no later than 4 pm so you will have time to finish your hike before we close.

Directions: We are located off Douthit Bridge Rd, accessed only from Hwy 61 (between Cartersville & Dallas). Since our location is off the beaten path, many map programs do NOT provide accurate directions. Use the info on our Contact Us page. 

Or for GPS, use "Douthit Bridge Rd, Dallas, 30132", then follow signs. 


10:00 AM - 5:00 PM