By Sally Sears
Invitation to explore a meadow in winter — it’s a newly created trail through a long-ignored slice of Midtown, beside Peachtree Creek and Interstate 85. Popular tours of the trails last week gave dogs, owners and neighbors a walk in nature.
The neighbors and the South Fork Conservancy are carving a new vision for caring for our intown creeks. Simple trails through the landscape beside the south and north forks encourage people to walk their dogs, breathe deeply and re-discover big hardwoods hiding in plain sight on public land. This meadow is interstate right of way, next to a neighborhood with almost no accessible greenspace.
Two years of cooperation helped to build this mulch trail, weaving along the creek and through a meadow of wild flowers and grasses. Neighbors hope to connect the trails under the interstate to the Morningside Nature Preserve, Zonolite Park and then to the Herbert Taylor-Daniel Johnson Nature Preserve.
If you want to walk it, the trail head is just across the guard rail at Lindbergh Drive and I-85. On street parking available at Lindbergh Drive and Armand Road.
More information is available at the South Fork Conservancy website.
Sally Sears is the Executive Director of thr South Fork Conservancy, a nonprofit that seeks to restore, conserve and protect the Riparian systems of the South Fork of Peachtree Creek Watershed. This article appeared in the Virginia Highland/North Druid Hills Patch on January 11, 2012.
By Sally Sears