As the fight against COVID-19 continues, DeKalb County parks, playgrounds, and trails are open for outdoor use. Stretch your legs and enjoy some fresh air.
We are happy that you have chosen to use the South Peachtree Creek Trail as your source of exercise during the pandemic, but please refrain from parking on Hill Park Court to enter the trail off of N. Druid Hills Road. All vehicles should use the parking provided at Mason Mill Park.
Directions, hours, and park rules
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 programs, coordinates volunteer activities, and serves as point person for safety and maintenance at the park. Before working for the county, Jonah ran outdoors programs for independent schools, led history tours, and wrote a hiking guidebook about Atlanta-area trails.
Stay connected by following Ranger Jonah on social media!
We invite you to join us for nature programs at Mason Mill. We follow CDC-protocols and require pre-registration. Use the links below to learn more about each program and reserve your spot! Registration for each program opens on Friday, a week before the event.
Below are the direct links to register for each program:
January 27, 10 am - Nature Play Adventure (for ages 2-8)
January 28, 5 pm - Stories & S'mores
February 4, 9 am - Intro to Birding
February 5, 6 pm - Full Moon Night Walk
February 11, 9 am - "Super Bowl" Hike
February 16, 10 am - Nature Walk with Ranger Jonah
February 24, 10 am - Nature Play Adventure (for ages 2-8)
February 26, 1 pm - Volunteer Day at Ira B. Melton Park
February 28, 8 am - Bird Stroll with Ranger Jonah
Junior Ranger Program
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 Road
Ira 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