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Big Creek Greenway Hiking Trail
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Trail Length: 1.1 miles Type of trail: Loop
County: Fulton County, GA Our rating: E
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Usage: Light Added on: November 30, 2015
Last hiked: November 28, 2015 Updated on: February 07, 2016
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Big Creek Greenway in Alpharetta is a wonderful multi-use trail, but since the earliest development there has been a 1.1 mile pedestrian-only hiking trail that takes visitors into the heart of the creek's flood plain just east of Northpoint Mall.

To find the trail, look for a bulletin board just past the bathrooms on the loop parking area at Northpoint. The trail has gravel throughout to help drain the trail, but in some sections these are hard to keep in place because of high water. With easily available water, it is possible to see large animals, like deer, on this hike. Almost immediately the trail enters a thick forest of oak, hickory and some pine similar to the forest that once covered all of Northpoint Mall.

Cattails in the riparian zone of Big Creek
The path continues to a wide, elevated bridge over the area, permitting excellent views of the flora and fauna of the swamp. Leaving the bridge at 0.2 miles the path turns left, immediately crossing a second bridge. Watch for birdhouses, which can be spotted to left. The path skirts the northern end of the swamp, following a bridge over a storm drain from Northpoint Mall, then cuts back through the center of the marsh. This area of the trail can be muddy at times. From here the path joins a small tributary of Big Creek that drains the swamp. After a longer bridge that carries hikers over a sensitive wetlands area, the path comes to a staircase that rises to a paved path. This was the end of the original Big Creek Greenway.

Flowers, Big Creek Greenway
From this point there are three options. To the right, the path makes an easy climb to Mansell Road or continues as an elevated pathway under Mansell Road. Straight ahead the path crosses Big Creek and follows the south bank of the creek back to the Northpoint Entrance. To the left a boardwalk returns you to the southern edge of the swamp, following the berm on the west side of Big Creek. This berm was originally an attempt at flood control that predated the construction of the Greenway. The boardwalk is pedestrian only and is our recommended return for the loop trail.

0.4 miles later the boardwalk meets 3 other trails at a second bridge across Big Creek. Turn left to return to your car. This section is the only multi-use section on the hike. We recommend taking a couple of minutes to view the creek from the vantage point of the bridge crossing on the left. Strewn with logs to the point of being impassible the creek creates an unusual scene just a few feet from a popular north Georgia mall.


Big Creek Greenway Alpharetta
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Big Creek Greenway Alpharetta Section 4
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