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The multi-use Suwanee Creek Greenway meanders 4 miles along Suwanee Creek (a tributary of the Chattahoochee River) through forest and wetlands on a mostly hard surface; some parts have a boardwalk. The greenway connects 400 acres of parkland with residential and commercial areas. Begin either at George Pierce Park at the northern end point of Suwanee Creek Park at the southern end point and pass through Martin Farm Park. The parks offer picnic tables and their own trails, and Pierce park has ball fields.
At the wetland areas look for blue herons, snowy egrets, red-shouldered hawks and ospreys. Interpretive signs relate the history of Suwanee Creek, which was once polluted with chemical from a local tannery. The signs describe the creek's recovery.
Because of a dangerous descent from the road to the river valley, cyclists must walk their bikes on the north side of McGinnis Ferry for about a quarter mile.
In George Pierce Park, you can connect to the 2.3 mile Ivy Creek Trail.
The southern trailhead is at Suwanee Creek Park, 1170 Buford Highway. The southern trailhead is at George Pierce Park, just north of Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road on Buford Highway/Highway 23. Other access points are:
Near the Suwanee Sports Academy at 3640 Burnette Road
Martin Farm Park, about a half-mile west of Satellite Boulevard
Suwanee Elementary School, on weekends and after 4 p.m. during the week only
I found this trail difficult because of the steep hills and sharp curves. I had to ride my brakes downhill many times to avoid a crash at the bottom. Instarted at the park at the south end and went 2 miles and turned back.
The trail was awesome, let's just get that out of the way!
New to the Ga. area and first time riding on the trail...I was Jacked!
The path, the scenery, people actually slide over "when you say, on your left" all are great!
My downfall (and that's just me) the trail isn't clearly marked.
As I was riding, hit a 3 way split...to the right deadend back of a school yard. Slightly to left & up a slight ramp and then left turn to what seems to be out to the busy street. Hard left, sharp right, up a slight ramp back on the trail. Rolling along, then the trail turned off right and up over bridge, (I didn't and didn't know) I found myself on a different trail and riding along side a few soccer fields and a nice challenging hill.
All in all...the ride is awesome, put in approx. 10 mi. total.
I truly recommend it!
Very good trail, long distance, goes all the way from Suwanee Greenway to George Pierce Park, about 6 miles or so.
SuwaneeCreek and Ivy Creek Greenways are the closest trails for Suwanee and Buford residents. Connecting both trails would make it the best trail in the Northeast Atlanta area. We need longer trails to provide for safe place for our communities to enjoy the outdoors and keep/get fit and stay healthy.
Let's invest in better quality of life and ways to accomplish it! Connect the trails, make them 5 STARS!!!
Just 5 mins into the trail from the George Pierce Park end the concrete trail leads you into a path where small trees are the only thing surrounding you. Instantly hooked, this trail gives you everything small to large hills smooth to sharp turns. Only reason why I didn't give it 5 stars is because it was only 4 miles long. Great trail expect to be back soon and many times after that.
I live close enough to this trail to drive to any access point in under 15 minutes, with the Martin Farm Road access being within 5 minutes. Because of this, the SCG has been one of my most frequently used trails for both walking and cycling. The description on this site is quite accurate and this is an enjoyable trail. In addition to the three parks directly on the trail, there is also a spur that connects to within a couple of blocks of Suwanee's Town Center Park, where they have great events year-round. SCG is a very safe trail given its suburban location, and your fellow users are generally a friendly and courteous bunch.
The trail itself is easy to access and very user-friendly. The scenery is great, and this includes wildlife. At various times and places along the SCG I have observed birds, squirrels, chipmunks, snakes (sunning themselves on rocks off-trail...fear not!), turtles, deer, beaver, lizards...and I'm sure that I've left some out! Lots of dogs get walked on this trail too, so if you love dogs you'll be right at home. The north end has more wetland areas which include boardwalks and even an observation platform over water. Speaking of wetlands, the section between Martin Farm Road and Lawrenceville-Suwanee road was rebuilt in 2012-13 to raise certain portions so that trail-flooding is less of a problem.
One great thing about this trail is that there are enough miles to get a good outing, with level enough elevation that anybody can enjoy it. I'm returning to cycling in my mid-40s and I'm way out of shape, but I can do a full round-trip of the entire SCG plus some without trouble (I've done up to 10 miles back-and-forth on SCG and only stopped then because it was getting dark). My workout tracker app tells me that the trail has something like 230 feet of elevation change, and spread over 4+ miles that's easy to handle. No grades are long or steep.
This trail is great in all seasons too, as nature gives you something to appreciate year-round. One notable highlight is that there is a part in the southern half that goes alongside a small swampy marsh and in the evening in the springtime the toadfrogs in this marsh can get so loud that you almost can't hear yourself think! Their chorus is really something to behold, so check it out if you love nature's shows.
Overall this is a really great trail that I enjoy frequently and highly recommend.
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