Wildcat Woods Nature Area

100 Wildcat Way

Fayetteville, GA 30215

Hours: Dawn to Dusk Daily (Closed when school is in session)

About Wildcat Woods Nature Area

The Wildcat Woods Nature Area encompasses 23 acres of natural beauty and a large lake behind Whitewater High Schoo., passive recreational experiences, and environmental exploration opportunities. The trail goes around the lake and provides a great wildlife viewing area and environmental education area for the school. The Southern Conservation Trust placed the Wildcat Woods Nature Area under permanent conservation in 2020.

Frequently seen wildlife include eastern box turtles, a multitude of songbird species, armadillos, and hawks.

A Few Things To Look For:

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. Fishing is permitted within the lake, please pickup all trash and fishing line.

Trail Map- Coming Soon


The Wildcat Woods Nature Area is proudly owned by the the Fayette County Board of Education 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.

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

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

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!