It took a small group of conservation-minded Georgians nearly 12 years to secure 2,000 protected acres in south DeKalb County and create a nature preserve and bike path in the middle of booming sprawl. The PATH Foundation’s ARABIA MOUNTAIN AND ROCKDALE RIVER TRAILS less than a half hour from downtown are home to unspoiled nature marked by huge rock outcroppings, waterfalls and rare flowers. The 10 miles of trails weave through woods and over streams, past old farms and between two lakes, connecting the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area with Panola Mountain State Conservation Park. The scenery is often stunning and sometimes bleak, which is why parts of Pet Sematary II were filmed there. At the south end of the trail sits the abandoned Southerness Golf Course, where nature has been allowed to reclaim the land and plans are under way for the rolling fairways to serve as joyride territory for nature lovers on bikes. 3787 Klondike Road, Lithonia (Davidson-Arabia Mountain Heritage Area). 404-875-7284.
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