The Ridge Nature Area Loop

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The Ridge Nature Area Loop is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Brookcliff, Georgia that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

DISTANCE
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
131 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

Nestled between Gingercake Creek and Whitewater Creek, the Ridge includes 308 acres of natural beauty which provide a glimpse into a multitude of ecosystems, opportunities for environmental education and a diverse mix of passive recreational experiences. The Ridge is a City of Fayetteville public greenspace project. After years of desiring to develop the nature area, the City engaged Southern Conservation Trust to develop and manage the public use nature area. A Master Vision Plan has been created and amenities will be implemented in phases and as community support allows. The vision calls for some opportunities not currently found in Fayette County. The history of The Ridge provides unique opportunities. It is located within the Piedmont region habitat and has been subject to modification by humans for over 10,000 years. Fire and agriculture have shaped a rich biosphere with diverse plants and animal species that have adapted to these practices. Over 200 acres of the 308 acres of the Ridge that are not wetlands were clear cut in the 1820’s, and farmed up to the mid 1960’s, with only a few patches remaining of “old growth” trees or vegetation. These farm plots have slowly recovered as forest, but with little diversity and a large amount of invasive species such as privet. As part of the conservation plan for the Ridge, three Scout projects have specifically focused on changing the habitat diversity through a forest plot and two meadows projects.

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1 month ago

4 months ago

Great starter trails

5 months ago

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5 months ago

Was great, just moved here and I was looking for something close enough to get a morning run in before work. This is the spot.

5 months ago

6 months ago

Loved it...You almost forget your in Fayette County!! We did the Muscadine trail (purple) and it was a very nice 2.3 mile loop. Will be back for sure!!

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8 months ago

Combining the Muscadine with the Gingercake trails is a nice length of 3.5km with about a third of the hike being along the creek. This is a relatively new trail system (opened in 2016) with several picnic areas still under construction. The trails are very well marked. Muscadine is by-far the longest trail, with most others being less than 2k. This is an easy hike with very little elevation change and would be great with kids or dogs. The Ridge also includes a small boat launch for kayaking/canoeing a small section of the creek. That area was closed today due to low water levels. Great spot to spend a leisurely afternoon.

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016