If you’ve never explored Mason Mill Park, now is the time! The park is located in the Emory area of Decatur. It’s a 120-acre forest, with some of the nicest, most scenic trails inside the perimeter.
The South Peachtree Creek Trail runs though Mason Mill Park. It features both multi-use paved sections and breathtaking elevated boardwalks. The trail connects Mason Mill Park to Medlock Park.
Several FREE weekly fitness walks, nature walks, and bird-watching walks are being offered now through late September. It’s a great way to bring nature — and fitness — into your weekly routine. All the info is below.
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Accessing the Mason Mill trailhead
Whether you want to explore on your own or join one of the FREE walks at Mason Mill Park, you’ll need to find the trailhead.
The trailhead to S. Peachtree Creek Trail is located at the intersection of Mason Mill Rd and McConnell Drive, with parking available near the Dekalb Tennis Center (1400 McConnell Dr, Decatur 30033).
It can often be unnecessarily difficult to locate trailheads, but the good thing is that the S. Peachtree Creek Trail shows up in the Google Maps mobile app.
According to TrailLink, both forks of the S. Peachtree Creek Trail together are 3.3 miles in length.
Feb. 22nd: Audubon Winter Birding Walk
WHEN: Saturday, February 22nd, from 8 a.m to 11 a.m.
Join Audubon master birders for a morning of winter birding.
The event is FREE and open to the public.
You’ll look for seasonal migrants and resident species, over a 3-hour walk that covers two to three miles.
Wear appropriate footwear and dress for the weather. Bring your binoculars and a refillable water bottle.
Meet at the South Peachtree Creek trailhead near the Dekalb Tennis Center (1400 McConnell Drive).
FREE Just Walk events
Come out and walk with a friendly group!
These weekly walks happen every Wednesday morning at 10 a.m., now through September 23, 2020.
They are open to everyone — kids and leashed pets are welcome.
The walk is 2 miles, with an option for an additional 2 miles if you’d like to keep going.
Please dress for the weather (layers are a good option, so you don’t overheat) and wear appropriate shoes or boots.
Water and snacks are provided.
To participate: Meet at the South Peachtree Creek trailhead, near the Dekalb Tennis Center (1400 McConnell Drive, Decatur, Georgia 30033)
In case of crazy weather, you can probably check the Facebook event page to see if the walk has been canceled.
FREE: Nature Walks with Ranger Jonah
These weekly events take place every Thursday morning at 10 a.m., now through September 24, 2020.
You’ll walk with Ranger Jonah and learn about the flora and fauna of the Mason Mill forest. All ages are welcome!
The walk is just 2 miles on pavement, boardwalks, and soft-surface trails.
Despite the short distance, plan to spend an hour or two at the event, as you stop to learn about the plants and animals you encounter.
Please dress for the weather, choose appropriate footwear, and bring a water bottle or hiking stick if you need it.
To participate: Meet at the South Peachtree Creek trailhead near the Dekalb Tennis Center (1400 McConnell Dr.)
FREE weekly birdwatching strolls
These weekly events take place every Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m., now through September 29, 2020.
Everyone is welcome — all ages and levels of birdwatching experience.
You’ll join a master birder for a two-mile walk on the trails of Mason Mill Park.
Bring your birdwatching binoculars, dress for the weather, and wear appropriate footwear.
The walk won’t happen in inclement weather.
To participate: Meet at the Central DeKalb Senior Center (1346 McConnell Drive).
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More free events:
Monday, March 30, 2020
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Friday, April 3, 2020