Boardwalk in the Trees

On June 24th, more than 200 people braved dark clouds and an occasional sprinkle of rain to hear DeKalb County Commissioners Jeff Rader and Kathie Gannon preside over the grand opening of the newest segment of the South Peachtree Creek Trail at the Mason Mill Tennis Center. The Commissioners recognized many county staff members who helped oversee development of the trail, including Transportation Director Dave Pelton and Parks Manager Marvin Billups. Commissioner Gannon also committed to helping connect DeKalb with many more trails including a connection from the South River Trail to the Atlanta BeltLine.

PATH Director Ed McBrayer said PATH will build additional phases of the trail within the next year to finally connect Emory to the system. “We plan to take the trail under Clairmont Road with South Peachtree Creek between the VA Hospital and Emory so trail users can safely cross Clairmont Road,” he said.

The one mile extension is, for the most part, a wooden boardwalk, ten to twenty feet above the flood plain and the creeks below. There are scenic overlooks, connections to nature trails, and plenty of wildlife viewing areas along the structure.

PATH visited with then Congresswoman Denise Majette back in 2002 to obtain the federal funding allocated to this project. The DeKalb County Commissioners allocated additional matching funds in 2016 so the project could be built.

Nature Bridges, a northern Florida-based contractor built the trail. The structure was built from the top down so the natural areas below could remain undisturbed.

We are grateful for all of our partners who helped make the South Peachtree Creek boardwalk a reality. We will soon be back to tackle Phase Five to Emory.