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.
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.
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.
Additional amenities include:
- 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
- Certified Audubon Bird Area
Wildlife in the Wetlands
- 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.
- Printable map