Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve
This forest preserve contains gentle, shaded trails, with bridged stream crossings, throughout rolling topography located in the transition zone between the piedmont and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The forest was originally protected to keep the water supply of a nearby mill town clean. The oldest trees are estimated to be 150-200 years old. Visitors will see large oaks, hickories, tulip poplars and many kinds of pine. The Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve is a 1,400-acre protected woodland which is overseen by Elachee Nature Science Center, and contains a visitor center and a nature school. Elachee is celebrating more than 35 years of building environmental literacy and promoting a healthy ecological consciousness for Georgians. Chicopee is the largest contiguous conservation easement in North Georgia. The Preserve is also recognized by the National Audubon Society as an Important Bird Area (IBA), an area essential to nesting and migrating birds.