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Sams Lake Sanctuary

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Each of us can do our part in keeping nature areas clean. We want you to enjoy your visit: bring a picnic, munch on snacks, and rehydrate during your hike. But, please make sure you leave no trace of your visit. Take advantage of the trash cans provided at each nature area.



Some visitors have even hauled out more than their share of trash. Now that's stewardship!

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Since opening to the public in September 2008, Sams Lake has attracted many visitors – both human and wild. Beaver have constructed two dams – one is easy to see up close, from the dam next to the parking lot. There’s also a large flock of wild turkeys in residence.

Visit our full list of wildlife sightings, and be sure to enter your own sightings in the wildlife log at the preserve. Use this checklist to help you keep track of the birds you see.

Others have seen a multitude of inhabitants including egrets, heron, hawks, deer, muskrat and even a bold armadillo who greeted a delighted visitor within feet of the trail.

Mike Swanson, Fayette County Parks & Rec Program Coordinator, has spent considerable time keeping the water flowing this year. The resident beaver have diligently rebuilt their dam several times at the upper outflow point that supplies water to the lower pond.

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Mike Swanson busting beaver dam.

Sams Lake is located on Old Senoia Rd, south of Fayetteville. The 56-acre site, a drained lake bed that was reverting to a natural meadow, was donated to the Trust by the Ferrol and Helen Sams family of Fayetteville. In 2001, the City of Atlanta agreed to restore a wetland habitat at the site as required mitigation for the wetlands disturbed by construction of the fifth runway at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.

Amenities at the preserve include an easy half mile mulched trail around the borders of the wetlands and three observation decks for wildlife viewing.

A series of low dikes manage the water level to provide four shallow pond areas. Small islands provide habitat for nesting birds. As the water level stabilizes and native plants mature, the bird sanctuary will draw migrating and nesting birds and other wildlife, providing an opportunity to experience nature “up close and personal.”

Additional amenities include:

Photo by Sandy Souza

Photo by Sandy Souza

  • a shaded overlook area sponsored by the Rotary Club of Peachtree City and benches installed by Eagle Scout Jimmy Pedrone.
  • Wildlife observation Blind and sitting deck provided by Eagle Scouts Joshua Tillman and Brendon Ferguson
  • Creek bridge by  Eagle Scout Kyle Weber
  • Boardwalk by Eagle Scout Duncan Wismewski

Wildlife in the Wetlands

Sams Lake is a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation and a Wildlife Sanctuary certified by the Atlanta Audubon Society.

  • Sams Lake Bird Sanctuary is free and open from dawn to dusk.
  • Please check the wildlife log book next to the north trail entrance; share your sightings and experience with us and other visitors.
  • Directions
  • Printable map

Exploring Sams Lake Sanctuary

Sam’s Lake Checklist of Birds

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