While nature is all around us, there are locations where gorgeous colors and beauty are more prevalent. Trees sprinkled throughout the cityscape are lovely, but seeing nature untouched by human hands is an experience worthwhile for children and adults alike. Teaching your little one to appreciate nature and to learn about natural sciences is a great way to bond and spend a relaxing day or even a few hours. Read on to learn about our list of the top five nature-filled experiences around Peachtree Corners, GA.
Jones Bridge Park
Jones Bridge Park by Beth Scupham is licensed with CC BY 2.0
For anyone who loves being by the water, observing birds in their natural habit, or casting a line to catch some fish, Jones Bridge State Park is an ideal location to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and reconnect with nature. Sitting along the Chattahoochee River, this park offers a gorgeous view that will take your breath away.
Even if you have really small children and just want to enjoy a quick meal in nature, there are several picnic pavilions that are ideal for sitting and talking while enjoying an afternoon lunch. The calming sound of the river soothes the mind, and the trees that surround you create an enclosure that is comforting. Those interested in hiking in the great outdoors will appreciate the winding trail along the riverbanks. At just under five miles, it is a moderate hike that leads you through the grounds and even to a small and serene lake.
- Location: 4901 E. Jones Bridge Road, Peachtree Corners
- Hours: Sunrise to sunset
- Contact: 678-277-0920
Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center
The Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center is a must-see destination that is altogether educational, fun, and relaxing. At just 10 minutes from Peachtree Corners, this historic site is a convenient way to get away from the city without having to venture out too far.
The Visitor Center and Farm Museum offer a wealth of knowledge for people looking to learn a little about the history of the area. To explore the location, head over to the boardwalk for a two-mile hike. It offers a safe and clear path for visitors with highlights like the wetlands and Sal’s Creek. There are also over three miles of trails to get you moving and exploring. Take advantage and observe the wildlife and take a few pictures of your favorite foliage.
If you’re looking into something a little more interactive, the preserve hosts several activities. Some opportunities include goat walking classes, a cooking and crafts program, home-school adventures, and Feeding Fridays, where participants get a hands-on opportunity to feed snakes, turtles, frogs, rabbits, and ducks.
- Location: 9770 Autrey Mill Road, Johns Creek
- Hours: Visitor Center and Farm Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Nature Preserve and trails 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
- Contact: 678-366-3511
Southeastern Railway Museum
The Southeastern Railway Museum serves as Georgia’s official Transportation History Museum and is a can’t-miss for any future railway conductor or aspiring locomotive engineer. It was founded in 1970 and displays over 100 artifacts and engineering memorabilia. Because it has evolved into a transportation museum, it also houses a collection of vehicles from other monumental transportation types and eras. You can even take a ride on the museum’s caboose.
General admission begins at $18 for adults and $12 for children. There is a senior citizen discount. General admission includes one ride on the train. The museum is also a great venue for birthday parties and special events.
- Location: 3595 Buford Highway, Duluth
- Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
- Contact: 770-476-2013
At Lake Lanier, there is a little something for everyone. If you like to be close to the water but still in earshot of civilization, this is the place for you. With several different campgrounds open year-round, you can have the camping experience of your life any time of year. They also offer several accommodations and cabins, so you can stay in comfort but still enjoy the outdoors. Cabins range in price from budget-friendly to luxury.
The shorelines are enough reason to visit, but you also have several different ways to enjoy the water, including boat trips and kayak adventures.
- Location: 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville
- Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
- Contact: 770-536-5209
Stone Mountain Park
With 3200 acres of natural land, Stone Mountain Park is a family-friendly place that offers a multitude of recreational activities and versatile lodging options. Park attractions include the Summit Skyride. This cable car transports passengers over 825 feet above ground to the top of Stone Mountain. The area also boasts a five-mile hiking trail around the base of the mountain and a one-mile trail at the summit. Picnic areas are also available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Location: 1000 Robert E Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain
- Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Guest Services
- Contact: 800-401-2407
So there you have it. As the weather warms and the foliage begins to regrow its color and splendor, there are many gorgeous outdoor locations around Peachtree Corners to get some fresh air and enjoy nature’s beauty. Whether you are new to Peachtree Corners or have lived here your entire life, these locations will not disappoint. What do you think of our list? Did we miss your favorite location to marvel at the wonders of nature? Or did we give you some new locations to visit with your little one?
While you’re out and about, stop by our Crème de la Crème of Peachtree Corners location and learn about all the fun amenities and services we offer for busy families. You’ll quickly find this to be a prime spot for you and your child when you are in need of daycare, after-school care, or summer camp services. Give us a call at 770-766-7983 to set up an appointment.