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Sandy Creek Nature Center

205 Old Commerce Road

Sandy Creek Nature Center is a gateway to outdoor exploration.  The property features 225 acres of woodlands and wetlands with over 4 miles of trails, including an ADA interpretive trail and connections to the North Oconee River Greenway and Cook's Trail.

The SPLOST-funded Education & Visitor Center includes live reptiles, amphibians, marine and freshwater aquariums, interactive natural history exhibits, and an incredible resource library, all housed in an eco-friendly building.  There is also a circa 1815 log house and several wildlife observation areas on site.


Patrice Herrington

Monday, May 28, 2018
The trails were clear and easy, great for walking, also have trails for riding your bicycle. Also have day camps for children ages 7-14 yrs. Very educational a wonderful place to explore and learn about nature with your family. Kids love it. Also has sandy creek beach for swimming. Great place for day with family

Holly S

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Wow, what a fantastic place! I've been coming here for the past 9 years. The nature center is great, even for adults. There are so many great trails around the nature center too. & It is free to get in (unlike Sandy Creek Park).

Alison Burkett

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
I was absolutely blown away. I have been in Athens basically since 2004 for college, and we booked there for my son Winston’s fourth birthday party, and I was completely blown away. The service, the educational aspects and the points that they gave to the children (which subject matter I happened to basically major in in undergrad and grad school) were right on point. I could not recommend it more for a party. Or for a visit – I was pulling away by the aquarium section! I wish we could have spent more time there to explore. For a party you get two big rooms to yourself one for food, presents and cake, and the other for the program that you choose whether it’s turtles or snakes etc. Then we took a tortoise named Doris on a walk outside, and the kids had so much fun; we went on a hike, can’t list it all, but it was a blast and perfect and exactly what I wanted and way way more! Thank you so much Sandy Creek Nature Center!!!!!

Quarine Ruperd

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
This was my first time taking my 2 year old son to a nature center, and I wish it was near my home (I live 2 hours away)! The staff were all so kind and helpful. There weren't a ton of animals to see, but it was enough for my little guy! The activities were great, lots of interactive spots including a bar code scanner. Our favorite thing was Doris the Tortoise! Next time we are in Athens, we will for sure be revisiting!

Dean Chung

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018
Because we have a two-year-old we like to incorporate activities that will make him happy too! It was our first visit to Athens and he didn't want to leave the nature center. There is an exhibit area with fish, snakes, turtles, frogs, etc. on display and different themed areas as well. Very educational. Then there's an outside trail that he loved as well. If we're ever in the area again, we'll definitely be back - and it's free! Happy son, happy parents!

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