Nestled between Gingercake Creek and Whitewater Creek, The Ridge includes 308 acres of natural beauty which provide a glimpse into a multitude of ecosystems, opportunities for environmental education and a diverse mix of passive recreational experiences.
The Ridge is a City of Fayetteville public greenspace project. After years of desiring to develop the nature area, the City engaged Southern Conservation Trust to develop and manage the public use nature area. A Master Vision Plan has been created and amenities will be implemented in phases and as community support allows. The Vision calls for some opportunities not currently found in Fayette County.
The history of The Ridge provides unique opportunities. It is located within the Piedmont region habitat and has been subject to modification by humans for over 10,000 years. Fire and agriculture have shaped a rich biosphere with diverse plants and animal species that have adapted to these practices. We cannot be intellectually honest and claim that the Ridge is an undisturbed natural area. Over 200 acres of the 308 acres of the Ridge that are not wetlands were clear cut in the 1820’s, and farmed up to the mid 1960’s, with only a few patches remaining of “old growth” trees or vegetation. These farm plots have slowly recovered as forest, but with little diversity and a large amount of invasive species such as privet. As part of the conservation plan for The Ridge, Three Scout projects have specifically focused on changing the habitat diversity through a forest plot and two meadows projects.
The Master Vision Plan includes:
- Trails; Hiking, biking, and multi-use (Open)
- Wildlife habitats (Open)
- Significant species research (On-going)
- Entrance and parking areas (Open)
- Restrooms (Coming Spring 2017)
- Picnic pavilions / area (Coming Late 2017/Early 2018)
- Events / meadow area
- Gazebo (Coming Late 2017/Early 2018)
- Interpretive signage and education (In Place)
- Primitive scout camp area (Open)
- Outdoor classroom (Coming Late 2017/Early 2018)
- Nature Center (Coming Soon)
Currently multiple projects are being completed. Eagle and Gold Scout projects, volunteer trail days, and Southside Cycling Club has blazed more than 6.5 miles of trails, installed foot bridges, kiosks and signage and cleared away trash and ruins of the historical farming facilities.
An endangered Eastern Box Turtle research project is a collaboration with Clayton State University. More than 800 turtles are being radio monitored as well as DNA samplings being evaluated in one of the Southeastern United States largest Eastern Box Turtle research projects. Recent completion of a Gold Scout turtle shelter project will hope to stabilize the population and add another variable into the research information.Learn More about our Adopt-a-Turtle Program!
The Entrance was completed thanks to the hard work and in-kind committment of the crew and equipment from Brent Scarbrough and Company. The first phase of entrance driveways and parking areas have been graded and stoned. The in-kind trucking was graciously provided by Concrete Supply Company and the stone was provided by Hanson Aggregates / Tyrone. The security gate was installed thanks to the support of C & C Fence Company.
The Rossetti Memorial Picnic Shelters
We at Ravin Homes humbly ask for your financial support of this Rossetti Memorial Pavilion project. We believe The Ridge will continue the legacy of Vince and Michael by providing a place for families, civic groups and the community to gather flourish and thrive.”
Ravin Homes truly hopes that these community-funded pavilions will provide a calming, tranquil place for Fayette county residents to remember the Rossetti family and to reflect on their own legacy. Read More