Sassafras Natural Land

Park planning in cooperation with the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA)

Location
Gilmer County, GA
Year Acquired
2016
Acreage
1,000
Trail Map
Coming soon

Typical Appalachian Hardwood Forest

This tract consists of typical Appalachian hardwood forest and is generally bounded by limited development, small landowners, and rural woodland/farmland. The southern and northern boundaries border development property and the remainder borders mixed woodland. The tract would originally have consisted of a mix of montane hardwood and hardwood pine on the ridges trending into a white oak forest and mesic hardwood forest along the stream drains. The most distinctive features of the property are the mixed hardwood forests leading to and joining Clear Creek.

Park Development

In 2020, park planning for the site began in cooperation with the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) and the Friends of Sassafras. To get an idea of Sassafras’ future visit nearby Talking Rock Nature Preserve.

Project timeline

2020
  • Friends of Sassafras formed
  • Private and Public partners engaged
  • Community awareness developed
  • Basic concept plan created
  • Major gift fundraising program launched
  • Environmental stewardship efforts begin
  • Site’s boundaries posted
2021
  • Formal site planning completed
  • Local business, organization, and individual fundraising begins
  • Grant applications for recreation and stewardship projects submitted
  • Permanent conservation of site’s natural areas (90%+ of the total site)
  • Trail construction begins with some trails opened to the public
2022 – 2024
  • Park building

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