Fernbank Forest, a hidden gem

July 28, 2010 at 2:15 pm Leave a comment

Exploring Fernbank Forest is an absolute must, though I recommend wearing shorts. (It’s not air-conditioned outside.) There are 1.5 miles of paved trails through the 65-acre old-growth forest. This unique forest is the remaining type of forest vegetation that originally covered the Piedmont region. Exploring it gives you the opportunity to see Atlanta the way the original settlers saw it. We have a number of the tallest and oldest trees in Atlanta.  Some of the tall pines and oak trees even date back to the Civil War, leaving them rich with history and height and providing a blanket of shade during these hot summer months.  

There is a small peaceful creek trickling beside the path and a secluded pond where snakes, tadpoles, and bullfrogs live. Walk quietly if you want to see them; they scare easily. Spider webs glisten in the sunlight and flowers bud in the treetops. The Fernbank Forest is a beautiful escape from the city. It is a true forest, where nature takes its course. When trees fall, they remain where they are because while they decay, they are swarming with life. Insects and other animals feed on fallen trees. (Though if a dead or fallen tree presents a danger to the visitors, it will be cut.)

Fernbank Forest is a hidden gem. It is a beautiful, quiet forest in the middle of a big city. The Forest entrance is located at the Fernbank Science Center and is free for all visitors.  Visiting hours can be found here: http://fsc.fernbank.edu/#

-Andrea Lowery, Marketing & Communications Intern

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At Fernbank Museum, there’s much more than dinosaurs and giant-screen films. Even with our website, e-newsletters, Facebook pages and Twitter updates, there’s still a lot we’d like to share with you. This blog is an opportunity for the people that keep Fernbank running and constantly expanding, to share stories from their point of view. We hope you’ll enjoy these first-hand, behind-the-scenes glimpses of what goes into keeping a world-class natural history museum running. As always, we’d love to hear your feedback on these stories, to hear your personal experiences and hear any suggestions for topics. Happy reading!

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