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Smithsonian Magazine recommends Fernbank as one of Seven Places to Get Outside.
Explore more than two miles of paths winding through Fernbank Forest, a 65-acre old-growth forest. Though located just minutes from the bustling heart of Atlanta, Fernbank Forest offers an unmatched nature experience for all ages, allowing guests to craft their own experience, from a slow-and-steady stroll to a brisk walk.
Walk among trees towering 16 stories above the ground and discover breathtaking views of the natural landscape. Listen closely for the sounds of a trickling creek, or perhaps the calls of songbirds overhead. It's not just our feathered friends to look out for—the forest is home to hundreds of animal species including amphibians, reptiles and mammals. Additionally, there are countless plant species that provide critical habitat year-round, and vibrant foliage and blossoms from spring through fall. Even in winter, the forest offers stunning views you can only see once the leaves have dropped.
Fernbank Forest is directly accessible through WildWoods and is open year-round for self-guided tours. Please note that Fernbank Forest is an old-growth forest with some areas that include rugged and/or steep terrain. However, WildWoods includes ADA-accessible pathways, to allow all guests access to nature.
Learn about current and future ecological restoration efforts on Fernbank's campus by joining our team of Forest Restoration Volunteers.