Here's one of two Black Vultures (Coragyps atratus) seen feasting on some carrion at Autrey Mill. These large birds were easy to spot by the road near the parking lot and are often seen in the sky above the preserve.
A reminder of Nature Preserve rules
Autrey Mill has over 2.5 miles of mulched nature trails that feature a walk through a hardwood forest to pine forest. They wander past a scenic creek with rocky shoals, many spring seeps, mature trees, wildflowers, native plants, and a variety of animal life. There is plenty to explore with bridges, an outlook, a gold mine, foundation stones of the old mill, plus benches and pavilions
New trails, the Warsaw Trail and trail sections to create a perimeter trail, have been added to our trail network by Eagle Scouts. The Warsaw trail starts to the right of the Warsaw Church and intersects the River Trail. The new perimeter sections make a continuous trail loop that continues south from the road-side picnic shelter to the intersection of the River Trail and Forest Loop.
An expanded Butterfly Garden can be found down the short trail across the road from the Visitor Center.
Cellphone Audio Tour
New audio tour stops have been added for areas along the nature trails. Dial 404-267-0007, then press the Stop Number to hear information about the nature and history of the preserve.
- Stop 201: Preserve & Trail Intro
- Stop 202: Grist Mill
- Stop 203: Wetlands
- Stop 204: Gold Mine
- Stop 205: Pink Lady Slippers (April-May)
Flora, Fauna, and Habitats
The 46-acre preserve is home to over 28 species of native trees, 58 species of native plants (including the rare Pink Lady Slipper, Cypripedium acaule), and over 110 native wildlife species. Several habitat types are represented. Our wonderful forest covers the majority of the preserve, but we also have riparian habitat alongside Sal's Creek, and an emerging wetland area.
Sal's Creek runs along the western border of Autrey Mill and empties into the Chattahoochee River. Pictured right is the northern section that features rocky shoals. Grants have been used to stabilize the lower section of the creek bed and to improve the down-stream water quality. To avoid damage to the banks that causes erosion, an accessible area was created with stone steps and is used to safely access the creek for environmental education.
Guided Hikes of Autrey Mill's trails
Autrey Mill's Butterfly Garden, begun in 2014, was expanded in 2016 with funding from Monarchs Across Georgia. With volunteer labor, additional host plants (specifically milk weed), nectar plants and hardscapes were installed to improve the garden. The additional resources qualified Autrey Mill as a Certified Pollinator Habitat with Monarchs Across Georgia. You can also find Autrey Mill listed on the Rosalynn Carter Butterfly Trail.
The garden is still being developed and the new plants need time to grow, but when at Autrey Mill, take time to walk the path across the road from the Visitor Center to see the garden.