Henry county offers numerous trails to enjoy a leisurely stroll in nature or a sweat-inducing jog. Walking and jogging are among of the best exercises for our bodies using all muscle groups, working the heart, and building balance. Nature hikes can also instill an appreciation of nature and the environment.
I have done a little research to identify places for my family to walk as I try to say goodbye to some of the pandemic pounds I put on. We will be checking out these trails over the next few months and I will update this article to include our impressions and experiences.
Where to Hit the Trails this Summer
The Reeves Creek Trail in Stockbridge spans three miles, winding along Reeves Creek. The trailhead begins on Flippen Road and extends to Memorial Park with access at either end. Parking is available at both sites. Exercise equipment is also located at the Flippen Road entrance for runners and walkers to warm up prior to hitting the trail.
Alexander Park at 300 Atlanta St in McDonough is a great option for those who prefer walking on a paved trail. The mile-long paved walk is a great trail for walks and bike rides.
Panola Mountain State Park, located at 2620 Georgia 155 SW in Stockbridge, is the place to go to enjoy wildlife and scenery on a mountain trail. The park includes long trails with moderate inclines and declines for biking and hiking. There is a 1.7-mile trail around the lake. Guided hikes are available at various times. Parking is $5.
Heritage Park is a public park in McDonough at 99 Lake Dow Rd. It is a local favorite with a concert arena, a replica 1820s village, a military monument & museum, trails and more
Salem Park at 1724 GA-155 N in McDonough features a scenic, well-marked walking trail and pond.
McCurry Park 80 McDonough Rd, Fayetteville, GA 30214 has McCurry Park North is a 1.1 mile loop trail located near Fayetteville, Georgia that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels.
The Decastro Trail Head in Stockbridge accesses the Rockdale River Trail which offers a beautiful natural escape through neighboring Rockdale County. The trail is hilly and winding as it goes through heavily forested areas and rock outcroppings. It crosses several creeks and wetland areas.
The Newlands Wetland Center in Hampton is located at 2755 Freeman Rd and features a raised ½-mile boardwalk and crushed stone path dotted with interpretative signs help those new to wetlands understand their importance to the overall ecology and wildlife of the state. It is flat with several benches, covered areas, and great views. Two other more primitive hiking trails detour away from the main path for an even more naturalistic experience. The center also offers programs and hands on educational opportunities.
Safety is important when walking outdoors. Make sure to bring sunscreen, bug spray, a bottle of water, your charged cell phone, and a light snack if you get light-headed. Have you heard? The Fanny pack is back! It is a great way to carry the essentials. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes appropriate for the terrain. It is also a good idea to bring a whistle or personal safety device.
Whether a half mile stroll or a three-mile trek, walking outdoors has innumerable benefits for clear minds, strong hearts, and togetherness. Where are you planning to take a walk?
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