MASON MILL PARK
As the fight against the COVID 19 continues county parks,playrounds and trails will remain open for outdoor use. Stretch your legs and enjoy some fresh air all around DeKalb. (View a map of all of them here). If you visit a park, or any other public location, follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and including those for social distancing. Additional operational updates will be available as issued and can be found at www.dekalbcountyga.gov/coronavirus.
While we are happy that you have chosen the use of the South Peachtree Creek Trail during the pandemic as your source of exercise, please refrain from parking on Hill Park Court to enter the trail off on N/Druid Hills Road. All vehicles should use the parking provided at Mason Mill Park.
Mason Mill Park contains a 120-acre forest with a network of some of the nicest hiking and biking trails in the county. The South Peachtree Creek Trail is a multi-use boardwalk and paved route that connects Mason Mill Park, Medlock Park, the Leafmore neighborhood, and Emory University. A network of soft surface trails also provides miles of hiking opportunities within Mason Mill, Ira B. Melton, and Medlock Parks. The forest is also the location of the old Decatur Waterworks, which is on the National Historic Registry.
Directions: 1340 McConnell Dr, Decatur, GA 30033-3539
Park Hours: Dawn to dusk
Meet the Ranger
DeKalb County Park Naturalist, Jonah McDonald, is stationed at Mason Mill Park and leads nature program's that are open to the public, coordinates volunteer activities, and serves as point person for safety and maintenance at the park. Before working for the county, Jonah ran outdoors program's for independent schools, led history tours, and wrote a hiking guidebook about Atlanta-area trails. Though Naturalist-led program's are suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic, you can follow Ranger Jonah on YouTube, Facebook, or Instagram!
If you are looking for some fun outdoor activities for the month of July and August, Ranger Jonah is here to guide you! (All activities will be located at Mason Mill Park.We following CDC-protocols and require pre-registration. Use the links below to reserve your spot on the program(s) of your choice!
Program Registration Links
Registration opens at noon on July 2 unless otherwise noted:
- July 9 - Firefly Night Walk
- July 15 - Nature Walk with Ranger Jonah
- July 17 - Junior Ranger Adventure
- July 29 - Edible Nature Walk with Ranger Jonah
- July 31 - Birding by Bicycle (registration opens at noon on July 9)
- Aug 3 - Bird Stroll with David K. & Ranger Jonah
- Aug 7 - Volunteer Day at Mason Mill Park
- Aug 19 - Nature Walk with Ranger Jonah
- Aug 21 - Full Moon Night Walk
- Aug 24 - Virtual Ranger Talk
- Aug 29 - Stories & S'mores with Ranger Jonah & Mrs. Amy
If you are interested or have any questions about the DeKalb County Junior Ranger Program? Email: DeKalbnaturalist@dekalbcountyga.gov
Download the Junior Ranger Activity Journal
Junior Ranger Program website
View all iNaturalist observations at Mason Mill Park.
See something on the trails? If Ranger Jonah's not around, use the free iNaturalist app to help figure out what you saw.
Mason Mill Dog Park
If you have a furry friend, please come join us at the Mason Mill Dog Park located N. Jamestown Rd & Blackshear Dr.
Leafmore neighborhood: PATH trailhead at N. Druid Hills Road and Spring Creek RoadIra B. Melton
Park: 2080 Desmond Drive, directly across from Park Lane
Medlock Park: Western end of the Scott Circle parking lot near the baseball fields
Mason Mill Park: At the corner of McConnell Drive and Mason Mill Rd, near the DeKalb Tennis Center
We are in the process of developing an official trail map. Follow this link to view an interactive map of the South Peachtree Creek Trail: PATH map
Other things to do at Mason Mill Park