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Blue Heron Nature Preserve

4055 Roswell Rd

About Us:

Buckhead's crowning jewel isn't a mall or a restaurant or even an architectural achievement; it's not something humans built. The Blue Heron Nature Preserve is a twenty-five acre natural wilderness located just off heavily-trafficked Roswell Road in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Blue Heron Nature Preserve is a combination of four  pieces of land along and around Nancy Creek.  Our goals include involving local communities in the preservation and restoration of local greenspace, wetland habitats, stream bank and riparian corridors along in Nancy Creek.

The Preserve was founded in 2000, sparked by an efforts of a local school teacher and the North Buckhead Civic Association to preserve seven acres of floodplain along Nancy Creek, adjacent to new development on Rickenbacker Drive at Roswell Road. That year local residents, community groups, businesses and students began the considerable and ongoing task of removing invasive plants, planting native trees, and stabilizing the stream banks.

Over the next five years, the City of Atlanta added three large pieces of land  to the Preserve. The first was a nine-acre wetland at the end of Emma Lane (off Lakemoore Drive), and the second was the five-acre site of Nancy Creek Sewer Tunnel Roswell Road.  In 2007, the 5-acre site of THW Architects at 4055 Roswell Road was purchased by the City, bringing Blue Heron's holdings to about 25 acres. 

As a community-based effort, the Preserve will continue to grow and provide a place of natural beauty for the local environment

Our Vision Statement:

Our vision is to be a model of a vital urban ecosystem connecting people to long term health, heritage, knowledge and beauty of the natural world.

Our Mission Statement:

Our Mission is to preserve, explore and share nature in an urban community


Matia Wright

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
It is a nice short trail. I had no expectation of what it would be. I was looking for somewhere to walk. This totaled out at about a mile but that's because I was trying to make it as long as possible. Kid and pet friendly.


Sunday, April 8, 2018
Seems like it may be in the middle of being renovated. Some lovely, professional leaflets about the place. Very run down/neglected and parts of the trails end due to fallen/broken bridges or other reasons. We couldn’t see any evidence of recent beavers. We saw deer, blue heron and snapping turtles. Would love to see the place when it has been renovated

Krupa Ganpatye

Monday, May 14, 2018
Short serene trail amidst the bustling city. Perfect to be visited with kids. Pet friendly.

Keeley M Carter

Monday, April 30, 2018
Disappointing as we kept running out of trail. Signs when reaching streets and just where to pick up the trail were pretty much non-existent. It could have been a nice walk with signage but we gave up and left.

Serena Uible

Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017
Very nice place. Looked around a very little. I wish we had had more time. Maybe next time. A number of children there with parents - everybody seemed to be having great time. When you're at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve, it is hard to believe you are as close to Atlanta as you are. Beautiful place! At least when we were there parking was plentiful, free and easy. Different from Atlanta! Highly recommended!

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