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Elwyn John Wildlife Sanctuary is a 1.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Atlanta, Georgia that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding and is accessible year-round.

Length 1.7 mi Elevation gain 177 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Walking Bird watching Forest River Waterfall Wild flowers No dogs
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A nature trail loop used for walking. The main loop encircles the preserve and is a wide and easy path. There is a viewing and sitting platform overlooking the creek and tiny waterfall. There is also a longer extension that leads uphill and connects to one of the neighborhoods.

Navigate to 1520 Kittredge Park Road. The preserve is adjacent to Kittredge Park and the trails begin there. The park itself is behind the elementary school.

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paul beezley
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Hiking

always nice... amd Queen's Bridge has been replaced! no detour on the loop needed anymore.

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Tyler Tumlin
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Martha Gray
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Nice

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paul beezley
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Hiking

enjoyable once I gave up tryig to follow the app trail. as noted previously there are many side trails with many leading to someone's backyard or dead end. Though it could be confusing for first timers it is so well-connected that even if you just aimlessly wander you won't get lost but will still have a measurable hike. You can make this hike an easy moderate with some of the up hills and length but for the most part it is easy. a bit muddy and slippery (as expected) on a rainy afternoon, but very pleasant and relatively clean despite it being a neighborhood park. Mr. Bear enjoyed it as well since we crossed and followed the creek. NOTE: the Queens Bridge on the trail is out and not safely passable. I made note in waypoint in my recording.

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Scott Trump
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HikingBridge out

Maybe another time of year and this would be a nice walk with some flowers but in early August, this is just a haphazard and really undefined walk. There are plenty of other decent trails ITP than this one.

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Elahe Boskabadi
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Emily M
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Hiking

Took kids for a nature walk and delighted to find these trails so close to home. A great variety for young children— a meadow good for running, playing and picnicking, bridges for stomping and looking for trolls, a creek that was easily accessible and clear enough to look for creatures, and a decent number of benches for little legs that needed a brief rest. As someone else reported, the loop isn’t consistently marked and lots of offshoots wandering in and out. There was one steeper hill with gravel that wee ones could stumble on, particularly after rain, but no issue for the average person. As I am writing this for families looking for little ones’ outdoor time, I would like to note that 1) Several large dogs were off leads in the park (my littles aren’t concerned about doggies but I know some are); 2) there was an extremely strong smell of marijuana in one section of the trail near the creek that had good seating (it *is* a wooded area near a lot of houses and a high school stadium!)

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JD Diggy
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Hiking

Surprised this fun little hike was so close to the city. I explored pretty much every path and did about 2 miles one part wasn't accessible a bridge was broken so maybe a full 2miles or more in total it's a web train but not to confusing or long there no real markers except a few signs but it's easy to figure out.

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Taylor Olmstead
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HikingBridge out

A nice quiet trail for the area, but a bit inconsistently marked. Private proprieties have a lot of entrances and exits to the trail making it hard to tell which direction to go at times.

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Stephanie Cassatt
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Heather Uptonson
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Great trail for a 45 min amble. Wear good shoes. Dog loved it. Trash cans at the beginning but not the end. Easy to NOT get lost- well marked trails. A little busy but not terribly busy- ran into perhaps 10 other groups during our walk. Great areas for picnics or family ball games.

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Bret Keough
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Hiking

Bridge in the middle of the loop trail is broken but otherwise a great and sparsely populated, heavily wooded trail.

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Hattie Webb
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HikingMuddy

Nice short intertwining trails with beautiful trees, flowers, and greenery. There were a few muddy places but it’s well maintained. Feels like a small escape the city. There is a playground on one side but it is currently closed due to COVID-19.

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Austin Moore
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Kelly-Jeanne Lee
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Hiking

With leaves and pine needles down, the trail is a little slippery, with a little more use this season, it should be good. It’s a quick mile loop, but it definitely feels woodsy for being so urban.

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Paul Aughey
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Hiking

Nice trails, but maybe 1.25 total mileage without double-backing a lot.

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Melissa Hays
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Hiking

A nice shorter trail loop to escape the city. Close to the hotel where I stayed for work. Seating areas throughout the trails were a nice touch for those that may need. Decent workout on the inclines. Watch for dog poo since people do take their dogs on the trails.... Stay on the main trails to avoid ending up in a variety of back yards. :)

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Nicole S
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Hiking

A nice simple & easy clearly marked trail with lots of flowers, a small creek, and lots of greenery. It contained lots of seating options, and is a nice gem in the hustle and bustle of the city. There are two trails - the main one is the “loop trail”, and the other a very short creek trail that contains the nice flowers and creek.

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Kara Hirtzler
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Hiking

Nice park in ATL. enjoyed getting out for a very quick stroll before heading back to the airport to fly home.

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Lillian F
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Maybe it's just me, but it's pretty easy to get somewhat lost. I ended up appearing in a neighborhood next to someone's backyard...

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Rebecca Backfisch
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An intown gem.

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Michelle Trujillo
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good short trail. a lot of the trails wind up in people's backyards

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James Lytle
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Decent, quick loop with average elevation change. Went solo, but would be better if you wanted to do a little picnic or something with folks as there are a couple nice fields.

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Joshua Winer
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Walking

We like to walk here as a family as it is quite close to home and don’t need to drive. The dog loves it as well. Small trail network but can include it in longer runs in the neighborhood as not technical but gets the heart pumping on a nice small climb

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Rana Bayakly
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Walking

Good for older adults as seating is available .

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Stephanie Ospina
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Walking

I actually enjoyed the incline that this trail offered! The scenery was beautiful as well. I did notice that it doesn't appear that the park is maintained very regularly. There was a trash can overflowing onto the ground and lots of garbage around it. You have to park in the larger area before you drive down the narrow road to begin the trail. It's in a quiet, neighborhood as well.

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Sarah Kovalaskas
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Nice place for a walk in town, seems to be a popular spot to take your dogs. Had the awkward feeling that I was walking through backyards most of the time (which I was).

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Susan Durham
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Hiking

Great for toddlers!

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