Stretch Your Legs at Elachee

Set amidst the grandeur of the 1,440-acre Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve, 12 miles of hiking trails connect the Elachee Visitor Center campus with Elachee’s Aquatic Studies Center at Chicopee Lake. Savor the tranquil beauty of one of Georgia’s largest protected greenspaces.

Hike at Your Own Risk

Open to the public daily from 7 a.m. to dusk, you may hike the trails for free.

The Nature Preserve features rolling topography and four diverse habitats: woodland, lake, stream, and wetland. Your trail options range from a 0.5-mile paved, handicap-accessible trail to a more challenging 4.5-mile hike across the Nature Preserve to Chicopee Lake and back.

Trail Operations and Maintenance

The Preserve’s plants, animals, and natural materials are here to be enjoyed by all visitors now and in the future, and must not be disturbed, harmed or removed. Elachee operates and maintains the Chicopee Woods Trail System thanks to donations of money and time. As a private, not-for-profit organization, Elachee relies on financial and volunteer support to keep this fabulous recreational resource pristine, safe and accessible for our guests.

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2875 Browns Bridge Road
Gainesville, Georgia 30504

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Lake Lanier CVB is the official destination marketing organization for the Hall County area which borders the eastern shoreline of the beautiful Lake Lanier.


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