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Big Creek Greenway Alpharetta Section 1
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Trail Length: 2.6 miles Type of trail: Point to Point
County: Fulton County, GA Our rating: E
Features: stream, paved, handicapped, bathrooms Your rating:
Usage: Medium Added on: March 24, 2015
Last hiked: January 14, 2016 Updated on: February 07, 2016
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For an overview of the greenway, see Big Creek Greenway Alpharetta

The stream flowing from Forsyth County to Fulton County where it runs alongside the Big Creek Greenway is known by two names, Vickery Creek and Big Creek. Vickery was the name of a Cherokee "countryman," a white man who married a Cherokee woman and lived with the Cherokee. When Vickery, one of many Scottish traders in the Cherokee Nation died, his wife continued working the land near the headwaters of Vickery Creek. Big Creek was the settlers name for the stream, which flowed from near Sawnee Mountain to the Chattahoochee River in Roswell. The city of Alpharetta plans to extend the Alpharetta portion to Forsyth County in the future.

Although the starting point of the Big Creek Greenway at the Marconi Drive Parking Area and the ending point at the YMCA building on Preston Ridge Way are only 1.0 miles apart, the total trail length is 1.3 miles. The Marconi Drive parking area is the high point of the Big Creek Greenway and from here the trail drops quickly to the level flood plain of Big Creek.

Just under 0.2 miles into the hike the trail the trail turns right, crosses Big Creek on a bridge, bearing to the right after crossing the bridge. Note the massive size of the trees on your right, between the trail and the river. With the river on the right the trail is level and runs in the floodplain of the river but does not run adjacent to Big Creek. Curving left at 0.5 miles the trail moves even further from the creek to protect the environmentally sensitive areas in the floodplain. Just after the 6.0 mile marker (measured from the southern end of the trail) an underpass (0.7 miles) takes hikers and bikers below Webb Bridge Road, then the greenway turns right and rises to parallel Webb Bridge for the to return to Big Creek.

The trail turns left before the bridge over Big Creek on Webb Bridge Road (0.9 miles) and continues to a trail bridge over Big Creek at 1.1 miles. Just before the bridge is the real highlight of the trail, an unpaved side trail to the enthusiastically named Mount Adams, where a SORBA biking trail can be ridden or hiked. We would rate this as an easy hike or a beginner biking trail. If you take this side trail, add 0.3 miles to the total hike.

Just before 1.3 miles a YMCA camp is on the left and the trail begins rising near the massive Alpharetta YMCA facility on the right. When you reach the road turn around and return to your car.

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Big Creek Greenway pages

Big Creek Greenway Alpharetta
Big Creek Greenway Alpharetta Section 1
Big Creek Greenway Alpharetta Section 2
Big Creek Greenway Alpharetta Section 3
Big Creek Greenway Alpharetta Section 4
Big Creek Greenway Hiking Trail

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