Gwinnett Environmental Heritage Center Trails is a 1.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Buford, Georgia that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The 233 acre GEHC has its own trail system and links up to the Ivy Creek Greenway. Its 8 mile network of hard and soft trails allow exploration of stream and forest habitats and are suitable for walking, running, hiking, and biking. Trails are open from dusk to dawn and year round. There are (at the time of this writing) 11 trails that are constructed of a variety of hard and soft surfaces. Individual trail difficulty runs from easy to strenuous and lengths of .05 to 1 mile.
I had a wonderful experience! The place is clean, environmental friendly and exquisite. The staff is wonderful! These guys really put their heart and soul into teaching, mentoring, and educating the kids while making it fun!
Nice trail to walk and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Great Trail! Loved it. It was very nicely shaded.
Very nice trail. Our dog loves it and so did our kids.
Interesting center on water history and conservation. Pretty meandering trails.
The Greenway Spur Trail (aka the Greenway Connection) is within the Gwinnett Environmental Heritage Center (GEHC). The Greenway Spur trail is a short (0.5 mile), paved, point to point, trail which runs along the edge of the GEHC parking lot before it links to the more scenic Ivy Creek Greenway. It can be accessed anywhere along the edge of GEHC parking lot, but its actual start point is by the emergency phone next to the Treetop Quest. From the GEHC parking lot, it crosses an access road and then heads toward Ivy Creek. The one noteworthy site on this short connector to the Ivy Creek Greenway is a small mill ruin (not to be confused with Woodard Mill) along the creek. When you link up to the Ivy Creek Greenway, there is some signage but 3 routes converge here so it can be confusing. There is a boardwalk which heads east out toward the I-85 and Hwy 20 interchange, i.e. Georgia Mall area and Woodard Mill. Going south, there is a short loop around a pavilion, and then there's the western route to the Ivy Creek Greenway suspension bridge.
Hiked near 4 miles and only covered 1/2 of the trails offered at the Center, not to mention that you can connect to the Ivy Creek Greenway from this point. I passed a group of children doing a nature walk on the Overlook Trail(it is paved) and also a group heading to conquer the Treetop Quest(a ropes course with various levels of difficulty). Otherwise, the area was very quiet with no other walkers/hikers. I was especially impressed with the Whispering Wood Brail Trail along the Overlook Loop. Several trails interchange/connect with each other, so beware of the path you take if you are wanting to complete any one particular hike. I look forward to finishing up the other trails and even conquering the Treetop Challenge.
There are enough trails here to satisfy any enthusiast. I stuck to ones around the Treetop Quest, Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center (GEHC), and the Chesser-Williams House. The Chesser-Williams House (c. 1850) is only open for tours by the Gwinnett Historical Society on select dates. The GEHC is a wonderful venue for photographers with a fountain, cascades, pools, and botanical garden areas. A lot to see and do here so allow yourself time. Note: Parking and use of the trails is free. There is an admission charge for viewing the center's indoor exhibits and using the Treetop Quest rope challenges.