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Fernbank Forest

Fernbank Forest

Now Open Daily for Self-Guided Tours

Fernbank Forest, purchased and preserved by Fernbank Museum’s founders nearly a century ago, is a 65-acre old-growth hardwood forest located within the museum’s Atlanta campus. It is one of the largest old-growth Piedmont forests in a major metropolitan area of the United States. The forest is home to a diverse ecosystem, a towering canopy--including trees up to 300 years old--and many champion trees. Fernbank Forest provides habitat to a diverse range of birds, small mammals, amphibians and reptiles. Because many species of protected migratory birds also thrive within the forest, the Audubon Society has recognized it as an Important Birding Area.

“Fernbank Forest is one of the most diverse and pristine woodlands inside the Perimeter.  We are lucky to have this local gem so close to the center of the city. Trees Atlanta is excited to partner with Fernbank Museum of Natural History to restore areas of the forest by removing invasive plants like thorny olive and leather leaf mahonia which will allow native plants to grow once again. This work will enable the community to learn from this model forest for generations to come.”

—Greg Levine, Co-Executive Director & Chief Program Officer, Trees Atlanta

It is at the heart of the Museum’s mission to fulfill—in a noteworthy and environmentally sensitive manner—the rich legacy the museum’s Trustees began in 1939 with the founding of Fernbank as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.