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Big Creek Greenway Alpharetta Section 2
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Trail Length: 4.4 miles Type of trail: In and out
County: Fulton County, GA Our rating: E
Features: stream, family, bathrooms, 60hikes Your rating:
Usage: Medium Added on: May 08, 2015
Last hiked: December 00, 0000 Updated on: June 16, 2015
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From Preston Ridge Road the Big Creek Greenway passes a bathroom on the left that is maintained by the YMCA day camp. The facility is open only occasionally and there is not a regular schedule. Following the bathroom the trail drops for the first 0.1 miles to a curve where it rejoins Big Creek. Bikers should not exceed the posted 15mph speed limit on the downhill, in part because of hikers and in part because oncoming traffic from around the curve. Hikers need to be cautious as well because we have seen some crazy things happen in this area.

At 0.1 miles the trail curves right and follows the outer flood plain of Big Creek on the left. To the right, above the trail but still visible are apartments. A path that rises to the sidewalk along Old Milton Parkway comes off to the right at 0.5 miles. A few steps past the side trail the greenway enters the tunnel it shares with Big Creek to pass under Old Milton Avenue.

South of the Old Milton Tunnel the Big Creek Greenway takes on a different appearence. It is in the flat and wide flood plain of Big Creek and continues to a bridge over a tributary at 0.8 miles. After crossing the stream Big Creek Greenway approaches the Northpoint Community Church Bridge, built by the church to help relieve area congestion before and after services. At 1.0 miles a path to the right leads up to church parking.

Nearby hills quickly surround the river and the greenway and form a river valley of sorts, with the hills on the left reaching some 100 feet above the Greenway. At 2.0 miles the path to Rock Mill Park comes off to the right and enters the park at 2.2 miles. The park is interpreted which makes it fun to visit with or without kids. Facilities are available within the park.

If you return to the YMCA the total hike is 4.4 miles

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