Type: Nature Trail
Length: 9.90 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No
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Location: At Callaway Gardens on US 27 N of Columbus. (recertified 1991)
Latitude: 32.82847 Longitude: -84.84308
From Columbus, GA (30 miles)
Take Interstate 185 North to Ga. Hwy. 18 East (Exit 34). Turn right and follow Hwy. 18 to the main entrance of Callaway Gardens on the right.
From Atlanta (70 miles)
Take Interstate 85 South to Interstate 185 South (Exit 21). From Interstate 185, exit at U. S. Hwy. 27 (Exit 42). Turn left and proceed to Pine Mountain, then turn right onto Hwy. 354 West and proceed to intersection with Ga. Hwy. 18. Callaway Gardens’ main entrance is on the opposite side of this intersection.
From Macon, GA (80 miles)
Take U.S. Hwy. 80 West to Ga. Hwy. 208 West to U.S. Hwy. 27 North. Proceed through Hamilton and past the Callaway Gardens Country Store. Continue approximately one mile to Original Callaway Gardens entrance on left.
From Montgomery, AL (110 miles)
Take Interstate 85 to Ga. Hwy. 18 East (Exit 2). Turn right and follow Hwy. 18 to the main entrance of Callaway Gardens on right.
From Albany, GA (110 miles)
Take Ga. Hwy. 280 to Columbus. In Columbus, take Interstate 185 North to Ga. Hwy. 18 East (Exit 34). Turn right and follow Hwy. 18 to the main entrance of Callaway Gardens.
From Birmingham, AL (150 miles)
Take U.S. Hwy. 280 East to Opelika, then take Interstate 85 North to Ga. Hwy. 18 East (Exit 2). Turn right and follow Hwy. 18 to the main entrance of Callaway Gardens.
From Tallahassee, FL (200 miles)
Take U.S. Hwy. 319 North to Thomasville, GA, then take U.S. Hwy. 19 to Albany. Proceed using directions listed above for Albany.
Thanks to a vast network of walking trails, visitors to Callaway Gardens are mere minutes away from a great escape into the heart of nature. Our foot trails offer a wide array of options for casual walkers to serious hikers, all affording an up-close view of nature at its most spectacular.
Azalea Trail: This 1.6-mile path weaves through the Overlook Azalea Garden, a natural amphitheater whose namesake blooms explode with Spring color and where companion plantings offer additional color and texture throughout the year.
Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl: A network of wide, paved paths criss-crosses a 40-acre hillside garden that showcases more than 3,000 hybrid azaleas in Spring, plus an additional 2,000 trees and shrubs that provide an array of foliage and blooms throughout the year.
Holly Trail and Thornhill Hydrangea Garden: Located in Meadowlark Garden, the Holly Trail packs one of the country’s largest displays of Asian and American holly collections and picturesque gazebo along its .8 mile length. Nearby, the Thornhill Hydrangea Garden and a large picnic area offer a serene environment for quiet reflection.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Trail: Also located in the Meadowlark Garden area is the .6-mile Wildflower Trail, where native plants of Georgia are featured, including many rare, threatened and endangered species. The trail offers a gazebo, waterfall and picturesque bridge overlooking Mountain Creek Lake.
Mountain Creek Trail: This woodland path rambles 1.5 miles along the water’s edge, offering a glimpse of diverse flora and wildlife including turtles, fish, ducks, herons and other aquatic residents. Two gazebos provide delightful spots to sit and enjoy the surroundings.
Rhododendron Trail: This .6-mile route near the Day Butterfly Center highlights evergreen rhododendrons near the Southern limits of their range. A secluded sitting area offers an opportunity to observe waterfowl on Hummingbird Lake
Whippoorwill Lake Trail: Near the Overlook Azalea Garden, the .5-mile Whippoorwill Lake Trail hugs the water’s edge on one side and a woodland habitat on the other. Look for wood ducks nesting near the bridge.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 1980
For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.
Director of Gardens Experiences
Ida Cason Callaway Foundation
PO Box 2000
Pine Mountain , GA 31822 -2000
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