Sandy Creek Park Trails

Bring your hiking boots or tennis shoes to Sandy Creek Park and spend some time accessing over 12 miles of trails. The trails are laid out over easy to moderate terrain and good for hikers and walkers of all ages and abilities, as well as equestrians! There are three different trails, each with its own trail-head and clearly marked throughout.

Trail Map & Descriptions


Bicycle use is not allowed on the trails at Sandy Creek Park. All dogs must be leashed. There is a $2 per person entrance fee for Sandy Creek Park.

photo courtesy of Dagmar Nelson
Lakeside Trail (7.5 miles) follows the shore of Lake Chapman, including the new Ellen R. Jordan bridge over Sandy Creek. Hikers may return to their origin by following the paved roadways back. This trail is of moderate difficulty and takes approximately 3 hours to complete. White blazes.

Trail-heads: The first trailhead is at the boat ramp parking lot located off Beech Tree Drive A second trailhead is located off Campsite Drive on the left near the dam, park in the parking lot above and walk down to meet the trail-head.

Buckeye Horse Trail (4.2 miles) is wide enough for multiple horses and riders to enjoy hilly trail that heads northward throughout the park and its property. This trail does not loop, so you MUST return the way you came. Blue blazes.
Trail-head: Located off Campsite Drive directly across the street of the first parking lot. Trail-head is to the left of the Cook's Trail trail-head. Please park all horse vehicles and trailers in the grassy areas.
  • There is a $2 per horse fee in addition to the $2 per person park entrance fee. Annual horse permits are available for $10 per horse for ACC residents and $15 per horse for non-residents. Upon entering the park, individuals must produce proof of Negative Coggins Report at the gatehouse. When parked, all horse trailers and vehicles must be fully off the pavement. Please see Horse Rules or visit the gatehouse for more information.
Cook's Trail (4.1 miles) and Oxbox Loop (0.9 miles) are part of the Athens Greenway and Riverside Parks system, and runs creek-side through woods, over boardwalks and natural surface, ending at Sandy Creek Nature Center. Cook’s Trail is a one-way trail and you MUST return the way you came.

Trail-head: Located off Campsite Drive directly across the street of the first parking lot. Trail-head is to the right of the Buckeye Horse Trail trail-head.

Please visit Sandy Creek Park's main page or call 706-613-3631 for more information.

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