The first truly southern stream…in the finely shaded town of Gainesville on the Chattahoochee River was richly embanked by massive, bossy, dark green water oaks…vines and brightly colored flowers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Naturalist John Muir 1867

Linwood Nature Preserve spreads  over 30 acres of urban forest on the shore of Lake Lanier to serve the community with access to leisure recreation for human health and wellness and nature education for conservation of the environment.

Eco-friendly walking trails wind over two miles through ecosystems of oak-hickory-pine, wetlands and prairie with access to leisure recreation in nature. Pileated woodpeckers and barred owls flourish among the oaks and hickories. Wildflowers and butterflies flourish in the prairie meadows. Salamanders play in the flowing streams and fish spawn in the secluded lake coves.

Interpretive signs along the trails and in kiosks open the mind

and eye to nature’s beauty

and mysteries that survive

the hands of man. Throughout the preserve, benches, nature viewing decks, and the Martin Re-Creation Refuge invite visitors to rest

and meditate away from the cares and chaos of city life.

Linwood Nature Preserve of Gainesville Parks and Recreation

                   • Trailhead:  415 Linwood Drive

                   • Ecology Center:  118 Springview Drive

                                                    Gainesville, Georgia 30501


                               Open daily dawn to dusk.

Trails of Linwood Nature Preserve 

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Gainesville, GA. 30501    

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