Getting Out and Going Green in South Fulton

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South Fulton communities are getting back to nature, embracing green spaces, bettering building practices and fostering healthier lifestyles. The level of interest and enthusiasm in greener living and working environments has grown exponentially in South Fulton County.

There are numerous environmental education opportunities available throughout the county and its cities for both children and adults. Programs that encourage respect and care for the environment like the Keep South Fulton Beautiful and the Rivers Alive campaigns are taking hold and making a difference. “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” is now a household phrase. Enjoying the outdoors and engaging in an eco-friendly lifestyle is easy to do in South Fulton with its natural treasures of rivers, lakes, hiking trails, protected green spaces, wildlife habitats and more than two dozen local parks.

In the Chattahoochee Hills area, the Serenbe community, site of the 2012 Home and Garden Television (HGTV) Green Home and showcase for Bosch Geothermal products, is a 1,000-acre community of balanced living. The area serves as a model for sustainable living and development with minimal environmental impact, including a 25-acre organic farm, an artisan and farmer’s market, shops and restaurants. Previously, Serenbe partnered with Bosch to build three new homes featuring energy-efficient Bosch products and a new Bosch Experience Center.

Cochran Mill Park and Nature Center, located in Palmetto, offer miles of hiking, jogging and horse trails for exercise and fresh air. Visitors enjoy the wildlife habitat, playground, picnic shelter, wetlands and waterfalls. Camps, seasonal events and classes, such as the Nature Center’s Junior Naturalist Camp and Camp Cricket provide plenty of activities for the whole family.

Gardening enthusiasts can enjoy the small family-operated hydrangea nursery at Wilkerson Mill Gardens located near an 1860s mill in Palmetto. The Gardens provide everything you need to know about hydrangea plants, which are native to Georgia and a moniker of pride for the state and its residents.

Whether you bike, hike, kayak, run, walk, play, explore, discover or simply enjoy nature, South Fulton County is a community ready to share and protect its natural treasures.

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