“The Wildwood Urban Forest Committee, a dedicated group of neighborhood residents, worked for three years to stop the destruction of 30 acres of mature forest located in northeast Atlanta. The funding to purchase the property included donations by neighbors, a private foundation and both city and state greenspace funds. The Nature Conservancy negotiated with the developer and finalized the sale of the land. The parcel known as the Wildwood Urban Forest was transferred to the City of Atlanta after the City Council unanimously passed a resolution to purchase the parcel in 2001. It was renamed The Morningside Nature Preserve in February 2006.” —The Morningside Nature Preserve Master Plan
Address (approximate): 2020 Lenox Road NE, Atlanta GA 30306
Cost of admission: None
Governance: City of Atlanta
Approximate miles of trails: 2.5
Hours: 6:00am to 11:00pm
Miles from downtown Atlanta: 5
MARTA directions: Take the 27 from Midtown Station to Cheshire Bridge Rd NE@Liddell Dr. From there, walk east on Cheshire Bridge. Take the next right onto Wellbourne Drive. The entrance to the park is on the left. It's about a 0.2 mile walk from the bus stop to the trailhead.
Trail surface: Dirt
- Suspension bridge
- Water fountain and bike rack at Lenox Rd trailhead
Finding the primary trailhead:
From Cheshire Bridge Rd, turn East on Woodland Ave NE. Take the first right onto Lenox Rd NE. Drive 0.3 miles. The parking lot for Morningside is on the right, just past the railroad tracks.
There are two other trailheads available. One is on Wellbourne Dr. Some street parking is available. The third trailhead, on Wildwood Rd NE, is unmarked. You’ll walk down a gravel road for a while, and then the trail will split from the road on your left. There is street parking available at this trailhead.
Parking: The primary trailhead has a parking lot with bike racks and a water fountain.
Good to combine with:
- Daniel Johnson Nature Preserve and Herbert Taylor Park
- Confluence Trail (post forthcoming)
Updated February 4, 2017, May 9, 2017, and January 26, 2018