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 unmatched nature experience for all ages, allowing guests to craft their own experience, from a slow-and-steady stroll to a brisk walk.
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.
Cost: Included with museum admission. Members always free!
Fernbank Forest is directly accessible through WildWoods and is open year-round for self-guided tours.* Educator-led guided tours are offered 1-2 times a month and may require a program fee. Sign up for Fernbank’s e-news and visit our calendar of events for information on these special programs. Please note that Fernbank Forest is an old-growth forest with some areas that include rugged and/or steep terrain. However, WildWoods includes ADA-accessible pathways, to allow all guests access to nature.
Please note: Beginning September 3, portions of the trail in Fernbank Forest will be temporarily unavailable while we work on improvements to the pedestrian pathway near the pond. A map noting impacted pathways will be available at the greeter’s station.
*Fernbank Forest closes daily at 4:30pm. Both Fernbank Forest and WildWoods are year-round, rain or shine, but may be closed due to inclement weather.