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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


Matthew Wann

Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018
Really great little piece of nature in an otherwise very urban/suburban setting. Well maintained structures and facilities that don't detract from the natural environment. Very informative signs along the trails about both plants and conservation efforts. Ideal for an evening group meeting or afternoon picnic or just a quick walk.

A Sr

Monday, Aug. 6, 2018
Great people there. I'm pretty sure it's a city park. There is an international school for small kids, and Audobon folks take cate of the place. Niki and Nicole are outstanding. We had a memorial there and it went wonderfully. Real nice people! The park has trails. Kids play there. Lots of neighbors constantly use the park. It seems a safe place, and beautiful. It's definitely an urban green space.

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.

Kristin Clay Lennon

Wednesday, July 4, 2018
I love this place. Includes diverse habitats, each wonderful and worth exploring. A nice place to lose yourself and leave the city behind without leaving the city.


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

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