By Aimee Serafin • Photo by Dawn Howard
Reed Creek Nature Park & Interpretive Center is a nature preserve within the limits of our growing community. It is located just off Furys Ferry Road across from West Lake subdivision. The park offers a one-third mile raised boardwalk that is open for joggers or walkers to experience the sights and sounds of nature while exercising. Attraction-goers can enjoy all the wetlands has to offer in plants and critters like cattails, river otters, woodpeckers, and deer while strolling along the willow-lined boardwalk. There are six different habitat exhibits– creek, floodplain forest, pond, upland forests, field, and swamp. You can visit the pollinator garden and take in the Augusta River Region’s Master Gardner’s demonstration garden.
Inside the Interpretive Center visitors can find trail maps and literature about the environment along with checklists for identifying animals and plants indigenous to our area. The center includes a nature library, a natural history display and live animal collections with turtles, frogs and snakes.
Location: 3820 Park Lane, Martinez 30907
Interpretive Center Hours (August – May)
Wednesday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
What to do: Walk the trails and use their checklist for a nature scavenger hunt. Be sure to visit the Interpretive Center to learn more about the cool plants and animals of the region. The park also offers several classes that are worth the sign-up!
If you go: Remember to wear comfortable clothes and shoes and bring bug spray. Take a camera or IPhone and binoculars to capture unique images of nature.
Aimee Serafin, is the editor of the Augusta Family magazine.