173 acres of the Georgia International Horse Park have been designated as a nature preserve devoted to the preservation and study of native plants and wildlife.
The Big Haynes Creek Nature Center opened to the public in
2007. The Nature Center features a canoe launch, observation platform and a boardwalk and viewfinder in the northern portion of the woodlands. The Nature Center is located off of Centennial Olympic Parkway directly across from Gate D of the Georgia International Horse Park.
What's New at the Big Haynes Creek Nature Center
The latest phase of the Nature Center debuted in the summer of 2011. Discovery stations depicting the eco-system and the plants and animals that call it home were installed as well as audio interactive stations allowing visitors to identify sounds throughout the wetlands. Touch stations encourage visitors to feel their way through the Big Haynes Creek Nature Center by identifying tracks of the animals living in the area.
More than five miles of trails wind their way through the nature center to accommodate hikers, mountain bikers and horse enthusiasts. Four tent pads, grills, fire pits and a council ring will allow approved groups and scout troups to enjoy the unspoiled woodland area alongside Big Haynes Creek.Hours of Operation
The Nature Center is open year round to the public from sunrise to sunset. Fishing is not allowed.
Dogs are allowed on the GIHP trails, but they must be on a leash. Please pick up after your pet to insure the trails are clean for all visitors.