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This Little Known Natural Oasis Is Hiding In Georgia… And You’re Going To Love It

This secret Tree, Wildlife, and Plant Sanctuary is one of the more noteworthy places in our great state of Georgia. However, it’s often overlooked simply because it’s a hidden oasis that has been carefully tucked away for a few decades now. Thanks to John Ripley Forbes, the beautiful forested land and 200-year-old white oak trees have been preserved in their natural element for residents and visitors to enjoy. And to think, the beauty that is this preserve was in talks to be bulldozed to make way for a car dealership in 1989. Luckily for us, Forbes fell in love with the urban forest, which is now known as Big Trees Forest Preserve.

It’s hard not to fall in love with this quiet, serene landscape and nearly 30 acres of wonderfully preserved, forested area. Despite being so close to the Atlanta metro region, it’s a little slice of natural heaven that makes you feel like you’ve traveled to another state for some much-needed peace of mind.

One of the major reasons why Forbes decided to preserve this pristine land was to create a visual, mental and spiritual oasis open and available to the public. The Forest is open sunrise to sunset, seven days a week, with free parking. They even allow dogs!

It’s such a phenomenal place to visit in our magical state, you’ll be surprised to find it so close to the city. However, what may be most surprising about Big Trees Forest Preserve is the fact that it’s open year-round, with some of the most mesmerizing views to come during the winter.

Between the looming oaks high above, and the serene sounds from the running creeks along the way, you really could not find a more tranquil place in the state.

Don’t you think Big Trees Forest Preserve is absolutely stunning?! Have you visited before? Share with us your photos and experiences!

Marisa Roman
Marisa Roman is an avid reader, writer, and collector of experiences. She travels the country full time in an RV and writes about her adventures.