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Constitution Lakes, Atlanta

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#14 of 17 in Outdoors in Atlanta
Hiking Trail · Wildlife Area
Constitution Lakes Park is a DeKalb County Park and nature preserve.

Constitution Lakes Park is a 200-acre scenic wetlands park in SE Atlanta that provides an excellent habitat and nesting area for dozens of bird species. The quiet morning hours of late winter are considered a perfect time for visiting the park and observing its herons, ducks, geese, kingfishers, hawks and winter songbirds from the extensive network of nice boardwalks surrounding the lakes. Enjoy the park not only for its numerous birds and other wild critters, but also for its botanical and aquatic beauty.

Once the site of a brickyard, the lakes were created when water filled the clay excavation pits. The brick operation was shut down nearly 50years ago, and now the property has been restored by nature to a wetland habitat capable of sustaining birds, fish, wildlife, and a wide range of plant species.

DeKalb County bought the 125 acre property in 2003 and added a parking lot, a paved walkway down to the lakes and a boardwalk around one end of the lakes. It’s a good spot for birding, with water and shore birds as well as forest birds in the woods around the lakes. There is a train track–still used–on the back side of the lakes with a road alongside that goes to the South River where the train crosses over.
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  • Nice inner city park and the entrance to the Dolls head trail. Park has a great 6’ wide concrete path. Lake is a little low and stagnant, but still nice. If you want to go to the dolls head trail...  more »
  • Great little urban park with a mixture of boardwalks, grevel and dirt trails for a couple of mile. Several small lakes along the trail that can be fished in. Trails were amenable to walkers, joggers.....  more »
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  • Amazing that such a well maintained and beautiful trail can exist in such an industrial part of town. We went to see the Dolls Head Trail. It was fun.
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