Explore the newly laid out trails along Fallen Branches Creek at this urban hideaway. With the wide variety of trees, including oaks, magnolias, pines and dogwoods, you’ll thank the Miles family for leaving the land intact as the city grew around it.
Originally a working farm, the property remained in one family for almost a century. Lifelong resident Margaret “Peggy” Miles was born here in 1923. Wanting the public to enjoy the area, she made plans to safeguard her family’s land from development before her death in 2008. Now maintained and owned by the City of Sandy Springs, plans are underway to open the family house for special events and educational programs.
What Makes It Great
Located in a residential area, you’ll feel as though you’re trespassing when first entering the property. As the narrow driveway winds uphill, you’ll pass the trailhead and soon come to a wood-chip filled parking area for 6-8 cars in front of a white, 1920’s era bungalow. Steps lead down from the parking area to a community garden with 60 plots. You may stumble upon a gardener tending to the medley of bell peppers, squash, tomatoes and other vegetation.
An ADA-accessible gravel path leads from the other side of the parking area to benches and a scenic overlook. To access the walking trails, you’ll backtrack to the trailhead you passed before the parking area. As you meander on the soft dirt path in the wooded area, you will feel far removed from the busy streets nearby. Birds flutter among the trees. Leaves rustle in the wind. Except for seeing the backs of a few houses through the trees at the far edge of the property, you’ll forget you’re in Metro Atlanta. The trail descends slightly to Fallen Branches Creek. A bench and small boulders offer seating perfect for a picnic.
Cross the bridge and continue uphill, winding through the property. You’ll come to another creek crossing and seating area. Soon the trail ends behind the house. The trail is short at only 0.75-mile, but you can retrace your steps or take one of the side loops for more walking.
Who is Going to Love It
These trails are perfect for anyone short on time or stamina. After a long workday, the preserve provides a welcome dose of nature without going outside the city. Parents and grandparents have fun introducing young children to hiking without exhausting them. Children delight in searching for wildlife – specifically turtles, rabbits and deer. Dogs like the smooth, rock-free paths and drinking the cool water from the creek. The rolling topography among the native plants and trees makes the hike interesting, but still easy for older adults.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Lost Corner Nature Preserve is located on the western side of Brandon Mill Road where it intersects Riverside Drive and Dalrymple Road. The driveway begins at 45 degree angle from this corner and can be easy to miss.
There are no fees and the park is open daily from daylight to dusk. Dogs are allowed on leashes, but you must bring waste bags with you. Because the park is new, signage hasn’t yet been completed. However, two bathrooms are located on the western side of the Miles House and are accessible from the outside. Note: The city plans to temporarily close the park when they build a 32-space parking lot.
Currently, construction is slated for the summer of 2015. A formal grand opening ceremony is scheduled later this year.