Explore Line Creek Nature Area

If you follow my blog – especially my series “Fit, Fab, and (Not Quite) 40” – you know I’ve been spending a lot of time at the gym.  Now that spring is finally here I’ve been looking for ways our family can exercise together and enjoy the great outdoors at the same time.  Need another reason to get the kids outside?  Read Bonnie Helander’s blog about children and nature-deficit disorder.   Anyway, that’s when I thought of Line Creek – a place that I drive past every day on my way to work.

The "bestest" day ever!

Line Creek Nature Area is a 70-acre public preserve along Line Creek off Highway 54 on the Fayette/Coweta County line owned by the Southern Conservation Trust.  The entrance is right next to where the old Days Inn used to be.

The Nature Area offers a mix of habitats – an upland hardwood forest, granite outcroppings, and a rushing stream bordered by native azaleas.  There is a fishing dock fishing dock on a small pond, a gazebo, and several miles of nature trails.

The boys loved it!  Michael vowed to bring his fishing pole next time to fish in the pond.  Liam, who initially said he didn’t want to go, ended up saying it was the “bestest day ever.”  What else can a parent ask for?

There are plenty of places to wade into the creek, which all of us did.  I brought my water shoes, so I was the designated “hand holder” in the slippery areas.

The boys checking out the tadpoles.

Michael found several little pools of water close to shore with tadpoles. He took it upon himself to protect them by warning other waders not to walk through the area.

But the real treasure was the baby turtle that crossed our path along the trail.  I spotted it first, thinking it must be a rock. But as we got closer I noticed its head peeking out.  Michael wanted to hold it so bad, he was beside himself.  I knew it wasn’t a good idea to disturb it, so we used the aquarium rule – two fingers only – then used an alcohol based sanitizer afterwards.  (Remember: turtles can carry salmonella!)  Then we watched it for a few minutes as it continued on its way down to the creek.

The baby turtle.

We’ve been to Line Creek two weekends in a row now.  If it hadn’t stormed this weekend we would have been out there again.  It’s a family getaway just minutes away – with aerobic activity, vitamin D for the kids (think sunshine!), and plenty of nature’s wonders to explore.  Remember to pack a backpack with bottled water and snacks (dont’ forget sunscreen and hand sanitizer) – then get out there and enjoy it!

Jill Prouty

Jill is a reader, writer, and professional librarian who enjoys spending her free time with her husband of twelve years and their two sons. She has an MSLS from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a BA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

April 24, 2010