Notice: Fernbank Museum will open at 11am on Sunday, April 30 so that we may honor our volunteers during a private special event.

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Fernbank Forest

Fernbank Forest

Now Open Daily for Self-Guided Tours

Explore more than 2 miles of paths winding through Fernbank Forest, a 65-acre old-growth forest. Though located just minutes from the bustling heart of Atlanta, Fernbank Forest offers an un-matched nature experience for all ages, allowing guests to craft their own experience, from a slow-and-steady stroll to a brisk walk.

You’ll discover something new each time you visit.

Walk among trees towering 16 stories above the ground and discover breathtaking views of the natural landscape. Listen closely for the sounds of a trickling creek, or perhaps the calls of songbirds overhead. It’s not just our feathered friends to look out for—the forest is home to hundreds of animal species including amphibians, reptiles and mammals. Additionally, there are countless plant species that provide critical habitat year-round, and vibrant foliage and blossoms from spring through fall. Even in winter, the forest offers stunning views you can only see once the leaves have dropped. 

Fernbank Forest is directly accessible through WildWoods and is open daily for self-guided tours.* Educator-led guided tours are offered 1-2 times a month. Sign up for Fernbank’s e-news and visit our calendar of events for information on these special programs.

*Fernbank Forest closes daily at 4:30pm. Both Fernbank Forest and WildWoods are year-round, but may be closed due to inclement weather.