Location: Douglas County
This property was given to STPAL in 2014. Acreage: 85 acres of forestland.
We are tentatively calling this property “The Boot,” named after the shape of the property boundary. The Boot is important for conservation because it contains one of the most ecologically intact habitats that STPAL owns within easy driving distance of Atlanta, GA. The Boot hosts the confluence of Bear Creek and Little Bear Creek, forming a large and rocky stream surrounded by hardwood forest. This creek then flows into the 505 acre Bear Creek Reservoir, which provides drinking water to Douglas County. The Boot has over 1,000 feet of lake frontage. The reservoir provides wonderful opportunities for bird watching. On our most recent monitoring visit, we observed two Great Blue Herons on the reservoir. Several miles of trail are already in place and functional, as well as an open campsite with a fire pit. Our first planned project will be to build a foot bridge over Bear Creek to improve access to the trails. We look forward to having this land used by scout troops, bird watchers, dog walkers, casual hikers, and all lovers of the outdoors!
June 2016 – land donated for a park! See our blog entry here: http://www.stpal.org/a-new-park-in-douglas-county-georgia/