Historic Heartland / Athens

Sandy Creek Nature Center

205 Old Commerce Rd.
Athens, GA 30607

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A 225-acre natural area with more than five miles of foot trails and one of the first "green" buildings in the state. The 11,400-square-foot Education and Visitor Center contains hands-on, interactive exhibits and teaching space that includes live animals as well as fresh and salt water tanks, including a live loggerhead sea turtle. The center also features its own planetarium. Sandy Creek Nature Center currently serves as the northern terminus of the North Oconee River Greenway (the 3-mile paved mutli-use trail connecting the Nature Center to the University of Georgia) and also serves as the southern terminus of the Sandy Creek Greenway/Cook's Trail.

Sandy Creek Greenway/Cook's Trail is a 450-acre natural area that extends along Sandy Creek over 4 miles north and includes Cook's Trail (4 miles) and the Oxbow Lake loop (1 mile). This natural area contains marsh, beaver swamp, and more than 3,000 linear feet of boardwalk.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Tuesday: 8:30AM - 5:30PM
    Wednesday: 8:30AM - 5:30PM
    Thursday: 8:30AM - 5:30PM
    Friday: 8:30AM - 5:30PM
    Saturday: 8:30AM - 5:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Admission Free


    Nature Trails

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking, Gift Shop, Maps & Brochures Available, Parking on Site, Picnic Area, Public Restrooms, Self-guided Tours

    General Information

    Family-friendly, Free Admission , Handicapped Accessible

    Near Interstate Highway



    Kids Equipment

    Special Tags


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages