Mill Creek Nature Center Trail is a 1.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Buford, GA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The trail network navigates through an 88-acre wetlands/wildlife preserve along Ivy Creek that is owned and managed by the Georgia Wildlife Federation. The trail consists of soft and boardwalk pathways and structural features such as 2 bridges, an observation tower, an observation deck with seating, and a wildlife blind. There are also several benches along the trail. Interpretive signs along the trail identify 32 different species of trees.
In May 2003, the Mall of Georgia Partners donated this 88-acre tract as a wetlands/wildlife preserve to the Georgia Wildlife Federation. GWF volunteers and most notably, Eagle Scouts, have been instrumental in developing the trail and maintaining the property.
The nature area itself lies within a basin formed by Ivy Creek and its tributary, Little Ivy Creek. Located below street level within the the I-85 / GA20 interchange and the Mall of Georgia Boulevard, traffic sounds from the nearby mall and freeway are muffled. Although the Ivy Creek Greenway connects with the trail, the most direct access is by using the stairs located off the Mall of Ga Blvd (GPS 34.062015, -83.982970).
The nature preserve has an almost surreal look about it. Its look not only changes with the seasons but is also greatly influenced throughout the year by the amount of precipitation. The boardwalks and trail structures keep things interesting along the way. I highly recommend this trail for children. Just remember to take water and relieve yourself before you venture out, as there are no fountains or restrooms here.