Sandy Creek Nature Center

Historic Heartland

Sandy Creek Nature Center

Sandy Creek Nature Center

205 Old Commerce Rd
Athens, GA 30605



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


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