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Art Gallery Hours: By appointment only. Please contact our curator, Sally Eppstein at (678) 642-5300.

Office Hours: By appointment only. Call the office at
(404) 345-1008 to schedule.

Preserve Hours: Trails are FREE and open to the Public from dawn to dusk daily. Strictly enforced.

Click HERE for Trail Maps.



Latitude/ Longitude

Lat    = 33 degrees, 51.9 minutes N
Long = 84 degrees,  22.8 minutes W

City of Atlanta Park Rules

  • Report illegal activities to 911.
  • Place all litter in receptacles.
  • All pets must be on a leash in a City park, except in designated areas. Persons with pets must clean up after the pet. No pets are allowed during A, B or C festivals.
  • No horses or ponies are allowed in any park at any time.
  • No vehicles allowed off paved roads or on closed park roads.
  • No tents or canopies allowed without the expressed written permission of the Commissioner, Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, and other permits required by the city.
  • No moonwalks, dunk tanks, or any equipment that calls for independent power(except by special permit).
  • All games and activities that could damage the lawns are restricted.
  • No glass containers allowed.
  • No amplified music allowed (except by special permit).
  • No selling of food or other items (except by special permit).
  • No alcoholic beverages (except by special permit).
  • Absolutely no drugs or illegal substances allowed on City property.


BHNP Adds Four More Acres

The Blue Heron Nature Preserve in North Buckhead is expanding! By adding four more acres, the Preserve directly connects to the local elementary school and enables construction of a continuous PATH trail connecting all the Preserve’s properties and to other trails in the area, Blue Heron Executive Director Nancy Jones announced today.

The City of Atlanta purchased the property on Land O’Lakes Drive adjacent to Sarah Smith Elementary School to develop the BLUEWAY, a two-mile trail along urban streams that will eventually tie into the new PATH400 trail, the Belt Line and extend to paths at Chastain Park.  “Our vision is to expand Blue Heron well beyond our own boundaries by connecting our trails to existing ones all around us.”, Jones explains.

Blue Heron grows to 30 acres with the new acquisition. A haven of majestic trees, nature trails, a 10,000 square foot education and arts center and a wildlife sanctuary adjoining busy Roswell Road, the Preserve is a City of Atlanta park operated by the nonprofit Blue Heron Nature Preserve.

“This is a big step in fulfilling our mission of protecting and connecting greenspace and encouraging people of all ages to experience nature.”, Jones adds.

(Photo by Bill Boley)

The new parcel contains the head waters of Mill Creek, a creek whose name was recently discovered on an old survey map along with a grist mill that once stood on Lakemoore Drive. The new parcel helps to create a contiguous, protected greenspace in a watershed which includes a significant portion of Buckhead’s business district along Peachtree, Piedmont and Roswell Roads.  This offers a unique opportunity to create wetlands which can naturally address the impacts of urbanization,provide habitat for native plants and animals not normally found in an urban setting and offer hands-on educational opportunities for schools.


Hidden World at BHNP: Wildlife Video by Kevin McCauley

Enjoy this wildlife video put together by Kevin McCauley, of the various animals we've 'captured' with our wildlife cameras!