Sandy Creek Nature Center, located outside of Athens is one of the most wonderful spots to take a stroll and walk with a friend or two. It is a place to enjoy the fresh air that our world offers us.
With over four miles of trails to explore you don’t even need a map because eventually you will wind back around to the start. The Oconee River will accompany you on your walk, as the river winds through the Sandy Creek trails.
Each time I take a trip to Sandy Creek, on a sunny day or even with overcast skies, I find something new. Recently, my friend and I were walking on the groomed path and then suddenly we were a ways off the trail. We found ourselves in a patch of brambles and feet stuck in mud. It turned out to be a great adventure. Even if you stray from the path, Sandy Creek always provides you with a great story and an even better adventure to brighten your day.
When it rains the river tends to rise and will occasionally flood part of the trails, but don’t let that stop you because the hard core adventurists can find a way around the pools of water and most of the time you don’t not need to bring your canoe.
The Clay Pit Pond trail is an excellent loop that takes you around the pond and if you can find it there is a dock to sit on and look out over the pond. It is great for long conversations or quiet thoughts.
The best days at Sandy Creek are spent exploring the woods while the suns’ light flickers through the trees. You might see an occasional lively chipmunk rustling through the leaves; the trails are full of life and adventure.
Take a friend or two and walk for an hour, clear your head and breathe the fresh air.