Sandy Creek Nature Center


205 Old Commerce Rd.
Athens GA 30607


  • Admission: $0.00

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 - 5:30pm


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.

Facility Amenities
  • Free Parking
  • Parking on Site
  • Gift Shop
  • Picnic Area
  • Public Restrooms
  • Self-guided Tours
  • Maps & Brochures Available
Near Interstate Highway
  • 85
Special Tags
  • Eco-Friendly
Suitable for Ages
  • All Ages
General Information
  • Family-Friendly
  • Free Admission
  • Accessible
  • Kids Equipment