HIKE STARTS: North Fulton County Government Service Center
HIKE ENDS: North Fulton County Government Service Center
TOTAL DISTANCE: 1.2 Mile
HIKE TYPE: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
HIKE DIFFICULTY: Easy to Moderate
TRAILS USED: Backcountry Trail
TRAIL TRAFFIC: Light to Moderate
TRIP TYPE: Day Hike
MORE INFORMATION: Big Trees Forest Preserve 7645 Roswell Road Sandy Springs, GA 30350 770-673-0111
HIGHLIGHTS: The Big Trees Forest Preserve is a remarkable urban forest with hilly topography featuring two creeks and a diverse middle growth forest including specimen white oak trees between 100 and 200 years old. It is designed and managed as a forest education center offering passive recreation walks along 1 1/2 miles of wood mulched walking trails.
This hike incorporates just about every trail in the park and follows the trail system in a clockwise direction down to Powers Branch, up to a ridge, then back down to the stream before climbing back up to the Big Trees Loop Trail. Although sandwiched between two apartment complexes, Roswell Rd. and a government building, the trail is surprisingly secluded – even during the winter months when no leaves cling to the trees.