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Hiking Trails

Hiking trail

Oconee Forest Park has over 1.5 miles of hiking trails. The trails guide the hiker through the 100-year-old oak-hickory forest, along the Lake Herrick shore, and into open areas of landscaped lawn.


Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Oconee Forest Park provides a 1.2 mile mountain bike trail. Begin the mountain bike trail at the southern entrance to the park and follow the signs. The trail traverses gravel roads and single track woods trails forming a clockwise loop. Mountain bikers please respect the rights of other park visitors by avoiding park trails closed to mountain bikes.

Off-Leash Area

Off-leash area

The park's 15-acre off-leash area for dogs is located on the southern end of the property (see map). It includes a 2-acre pond and a network of trails and landscaped lawns. Please help retain this last Athens off-leash facility by observing the leash rule in the on-leash part of Oconee Forest Park. Your cooperation is essential for the continued provision of this facility.

Tree Trail


The Tree Trail is a series of labeled trees and shrubs located along the park's trails. Tags are attached either to the tree (about 8 feet high) or to an adjacent metal pole. The tree numbers found on the brochure map mark the approximate location of each specimen and correspond to the numbered names inside the brochure. To see a list of trees found in Oconee Forest Park, click here.

Group Events

Group events

A picnic shelter is available to groups as well as individuals on a first-come, first-serve basis. 3 Picnic tables, 1 trashcan, and a water spout.

Wildlife Watching

Wildlife watching

Oconee Forest Park is home to an abundance of wildlife. This pond is located next to the off-leash area, and is a sanctuary to many birds, mammals, and herpetofauna.

Challenge Course

Challenge course

The challenge course is a great opportunity for groups to build skills and team work. These high and low course elements are not open to the public without supervision of trained staff. Please contact Jim Crouch to use these facilities as a group, or go to the Challenge Course website to find more information.