Location: 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA 30075
Phone: (770) 992-2055
Trail length: 2.5 miles total
Difficulty: Easy with very small hills.
Notes: CNC is a non-profit and they do charge admission, the adult admission price is $8.00 per person.
The forecast for Sunday here was for it to be hot… very hot. I stepped out in my yard and thought, “It’s hot, but it’s not too bad, I’m going for a hike.” Well, I made my hike but boy was it a scorcher once I got moving around. Highest temp my iPhone showed while I was hiking was 101F, it was actually difficult to breathe the air at that temp, I ended up cutting this hike a bit short but still got to see a good bit of the nature center.
CNC sits along the banks of the Chatthoochee River. The trails wind around a couple lakes on the North side of the river and there is also a boardwalk trail on the river. In addition to the trails CNC also has a small indoor education and some love displays with possums, snakes, owls, turtles and a few fish. They do offer guided hikes as well, stopping to tell a bit about the flora and fauna as you hike the trails. Outside the nature center is an aviary. There are enclosures with a few types of owls, bald eagles, vultures and hawks. There is also a beaver habitat where I found a stubbornly camera shy beaver hiding under the banks of his little lake. In addition to the displays there is also quite a bit of natural wildlife including squirrels, chipmunks, turtles, many birds and fish.
There are a variety of trails in the park including paved trails, natural forest trails and the river boardwalk. All of the trails are easy with the forest trail having some slight hills as you wind through the trees and along a lakeside. Throughout all of the trails are signs noting the different animals and plants you might encounter. All in all it was a very enjoyable, although hot hike. There’s a lot to see at the Nature Center and I’ll definitely go again when it cools down.