Heritage Park Trail Restoration Project
If you are tired of traffic, long lines, deadlines, and cement, there is a green haven in southwest Cobb County called Heritage Park. Here you can walk, run, or stroll along the 1.7-mile Heritage Park Trail that passes through the woods along Nickajack Creek. Fido is welcome, too, as long as he’s on a leash. At the trailhead there’s a stone and wood visitors’ building with restrooms, water, and picnic tables overlooking the forest. After winding through the woods and over a wetland spanned by a boardwalk, the Heritage Park Trail ends at an old mill site and links to the Silver Comet Trail.
What’s this got to do with the Georgia Native Plant Society? GNPS decided it would be great to plant rescued Georgia native plants in a common area where they could thrive, where the community could learn about them, and where they could be enjoyed by people and native wildlife alike. So the GNPS entered into an agreement with “Keep Cobb Beautiful” to maintain 25 feet on each side of the Heritage Park Trail for the first two-tenths of a mile.
On the 2nd Saturday of each month, GNPS members meet at the trailhead to check on the progress of “our” small portion of the Park, add new plants, remove unwanted invasive and non-native plants, and to learn more about native plants in a native plant setting. We also bring native plants to trade with fellow volunteers. It is at once satisfying, educational, and beneficial to the Park, its furred and feathered residents, and to all who pass through it. The area contains many native plant species, including magnificent beeches, black walnut trees, umbrella magnolia, box elder, spicebush, red buckeye, mayapple, bloodroot, toothwort, muscadine vines, native cane, and others.
We invite you to enjoy this wonderful resource and to join other GNPS members at the trailhead of Heritage Park each 2nd Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. until noon. Bring your gloves, gardening tools, and any native plants you’d like to donate to the park or trade with other workers. If you can’t come then, we hope you can stop by at some point to experience this enchanting, natural place. Heritage Park is located at 60 Fontaine Road, Mableton, GA. It is at the intersection of Fontaine Road and Nickajack Road in south Cobb County and west of Smyrna. Please park in the parking lot next to the pavillion.
News & Events
Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense) is familiar to most GNPS members as an invasive exotic that crowds out many native plants in the woods all over our state. On March 10th, members associated with the Heritage Park Restoration Site...
Six hardworking volunteer “regulars” pulled privet (Ligustrum sinense), weeded the two butterfly gardens and tagged young saplings there for future removal, and tackled several large privet-trees down along the boardwalk.