Alpharetta's Big Creek Greenway is a well maintained trail that runs 6.15 miles (10km) along the Big Creek. It is a concrete trail that meanders gently through the woods just to the east of North Point Parkway. The path is great for walking, jogging, biking or rollerblading. It is pet friendly but be sure to always pick up your pet waste.
This trail is in a suburban environment so you won't get the wildlife that you might if you were out in a national forest but what it lacks in wildlife, it makes up for in convenience. You can run into deer, blue heron, ducks and Canadian geese from time to time. We did run across a fairly long black snake on a recent outing. It is ealsily accessible from GA400 and has three parking lots for access. The parking lots generally have restroom facilities (portable toilets) as well.
- Haynes Bridge Road: From North Point Parkway, go 1/5 mile south on Haynes B
ridge Road. A parking lot is on the east/left side of Haynes Bridge Road across from the Archstone Apartments.
- North Point Mall: Driving northbound on North Point Parkway halfway between Mansell and Haynes Bridge Roads, find the greenway sign directly across from Haverty's Furniture.Parking is located in a wooded area. Restrooms are available at that location. 800 feet south of this entrance is the NorthPoint Village retail center. Wal
k behind the shops to the stairway that leads to the wetlands mulch trail. Note: The stairs are not A.D.A. accessible.
- Kimball Bridge Road: Located 1/4 mile southeast of North Point Parkway, across from New Prospect Elementary School.Parking is allowed at the school during hours when school is not in session (weekends, after hours on school days,and during the summer.)
- Alpharetta YMCA: From Old Milton Parkway, go 1/4 mile north on North Point Parkway to Preston Ridge Road and turn right toward the YMCA.