The Ridge Nature Area

390 Burch Road

Fayetteville, GA 30215

Hours: Dawn to Dusk Daily

About The Ridge Nature Area

The Ridge Nature Area encompasses 308 acres of natural beauty providing a glimpse into contrasting ecosystems, passive recreational experiences, and environmental exploration opportunities. With over seven miles of trails, the Ridge is frequented by patrons hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. The top of the Ridge provides easier walking trails that wind through the upland pine habitat. As you work your way around the Creek Trail, you get to experience the bottomland hardwood areas along Gingercake and Whitewater Creeks. 

The wide range of elevation change and differing trail lengths provide opportunities for anyone that wants to get outside and enjoy the beauty of the Ridge. Frequently seen wildlife include eastern box turtles, a multitude of songbird species, armadillos, hawks, white-tailed deer, and the occasional barred owl!

A Few Things To Look For:

During certain times of the year, keep an eye out for mesh cages along the ground and be careful not to disturb them! These are part of a research project going on at Clayton State University, studying the movements and nesting habits of eastern box turtles.

While many of our visitors like to bring their dogs along for the journey, we would like to remind everyone that dogs are required to be on a leash when at the Ridge. Please utilize the dog waste disposal containers, provided by Koppers.

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Partnerships

The Ridge Nature Area is proudly owned by the City of Fayetteville and managed by the Southern Conservation Trust.

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.

Morgan
Grove
Nature Area

181 Morgan Rd, Fayetteville, GA

Nesmith
Preserve
    

101 Panther Path, Fayetteville, GA

Sams Lake
Bird
Sanctuary

Old Senoia Rd, Fayetteville, GA

The Ridge
Nature
Area

390 Burch Rd, Fayetteville, GA

Wildcat
Woods
Nature Area

100 Wildcat Way, Fayetteville, GA

Education
Center
(FEEC)

305 Beauregard Bl Fayetteville, GA

Nature Area Reviews

Don’t take our word for it – here’s what some of our visitors say:

“Nice and quiet place to walk. Trails are safe and clear of debris. Just watch out for snakes! I have seen deer sipping water at a stream here before. Also great place for watching birds or just enjoying the serenity.”

John W.

Sams Lake Bird Sanctuary

“Beautiful and quiet trails. You can hear the birds and when you walk along the creek on the blue trail you can hear the water flowing. The trails are nice and shaded so even if it’s hot out, the shade keeps you cool.”

Alexis B.

The Ridge Nature Area

“There didn’t seem to be any hard obstacles all the way through the third trail. We saw white tail dear, song birds, and a cheeky toad along this trail. Easily navigated, certainly with the publicly posted map and trail markings.”

Kerry B.

Morgan Grove Nature Area

Event Rentals at Our
Public Nature Areas

Southern Conservation Trust Nature Areas are available to rent depending on the area and event. Each public area offers different facilities and opportunities. Requests must be submitted at least six weeks before the event. The Southern Conservation Trust cares deeply about the areas it manages and reserves the right to refuse any event that will have a negative effect on the area.

Volunteer With Us

As a nonprofit, we have several ways you can help us at the Southern Conservation Trust and the Fayette Environmental Education Center. We offer a variety of options such as youth, adult, long-term, and short-term volunteer opportunities. At the Southern Conservation Trust, we recognize our volunteers’ hard work and know that we could not uphold our mission to elevate nature through exceptional stewardship without YOU!

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