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.