James E. McGuffey Nature Center Trails Restoration Project
We invite you to visit and volunteer at the James E. McGuffey Nature Center and Trails. Located just off I- 85 South, southwest of Atlanta, the property is part of the Coweta County Fairgrounds. The Nature Center is situated at the head of a paved accessible trail and five other trails.
The paved trail meanders through a woodlands area of pines and hardwoods and an overgrowth of privet and other invasive species. The unpaved trails are located on the other side of a spring fed pond and have older hardwoods and some native azaleas. Non-native shrubs and trees surround the Nature Center courtyard and entry area.
The Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers, some of whom are also members of Georgia Native Plant Society, started the project in late 2014. Volunteers have cleared large areas of privet, bramble, and dead pines along the paved trail and entry areas. Plans are to begin planting native plants in this area in Fall of 2015 and 2016. The overall goal of the project is to restore all the trails to a more natural habitat where native plants and wildlife can thrive. After clearing and containing the invasive plants, a diverse collection of plants will be added to the trail areas. The courtyard area will be re-designed to eliminate storm water runoff.
Driving Directions To James E. McGuffey Nature Center
Take I-85 south to Exit 41 (Moreland/Hwy. 29); turn right off the ramp. Go past Waffle House to the first road on the left, Pine Road. Take Pine Road for approximately 1 mile over the railroad tracks. Turn left into the Coweta County Fairgrounds Entrance. Follow the road past the Horse Arena to the first right. Turn to enter the Nature Center; parking is just past the center gate.
Take I-85 north to Exit 41 (Moreland/Hwy. 29); turn left off the ramp. Go past Waffle House to the first road on the left, Pine Road. Take Pine Road for approximately 1 mile over the railroad tracks. Turn left into the Coweta County Fairgrounds Entrance; Follow the road past the Horse Arena to the first right. Turn to enter the Nature Center; parking is just past the center gate.
News & Events
A wide variety of plants are blooming on the Purple Trail. These include Columbine, Lady Slippers, Jack-in-the-Pulpit and Spiderwort. The Red Trail is offering Celandine Poppy and Woodland Phlox. Many new plants were installed on the Purple Trail...
On April 11, 2017, several MGEV's met at the McGuffey Nature Center Entrance to plant donated Trilliums, Mayapple, Columbine and Iris Cristata. The Master Gardeners also found Adder's Tongue and many plants, like the Columbine and Coneflowers, getting ready to bloom.