Future Little Bear Creek Nature Area

vision of the future

In December of 2021, the Southern Conservation Trust, a Georgia-based land conservation organization working to protect vital habitats and resources, announced that they have officially protected the former Bear Creek Golf Course, a 376-acre property in Douglas County, Georgia. In 2017, the Southern Conservation Trust took ownership of the property and fell in love with its unique features of beaver ponds, wetlands, significant elevation changes, and diverse wildlife populations.

Property History

Bear Creek Golf & Country Club was a private 18-hole golf course located in a private gated golf club community in Douglasville, Georgia. In 2003 the Golf Course closed its doors. The property was left unmanaged for 14+ years. In 2017, the former golf course was donated to the Southern Conservation Trust by a generous donor.

“As a land conservancy it is an honor to own a local property of this quality, but we wanted to take that a step further and ensure that it could never be developed outside of a public nature preserve,” said Katie Pace Quattlebaum, Executive Director of the Southern Conservation Trust. “Conserving this land will protect the wildlife habitat and wetlands, and in the hopefully near future will provide public access to Douglas County residents to enjoy this breathtaking land.”

Multiple partners were involved in the protection of this failed golf course, including Douglas County, Piedmont Private Equity, Rooker Development, and the Georgia Piedmont Land Trust which now holds the conservation easement on the property.

The Southern Conservation Trust is currently developing its plan for the property, which is set to include 5+ files of hiking and biking trails, birdwatching, fishing, and environmental education. Information on the project will be updated regularly, if you would to make a donation to support the project please use the link below.

Little Bear Creek Partners

The right partners make all the difference in elevating nature!

Our Public Nature Areas

The Southern Conservation Trust operates six public nature areas located in Fayette County, GA. Our public nature areas allow the community to experience greenspace and learn about the environment. Our public nature areas are open from sunrise to sunset every day.

Nature Area

181 Morgan Rd, Fayetteville, GA



101 Panther Path, Fayetteville, GA

Sams Lake

Old Senoia Rd, Fayetteville, GA

The Ridge

390 Burch Rd, Fayetteville, GA

Nature Area

100 Wildcat Way, Fayetteville, GA


305 Beauregard Bl Fayetteville, GA