“Race along the trails in the 1,500-acre Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve as part of Earth Day 2017 activities at Elachee.”
— Trail User
Featured Race Apr 22, 2017
Run Wild on Earth Day
Race along the trails in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve as part of Earth Day 2017 activities taking place at Elachee Nature Science Center.
With multiple courses, the Trillium Trek Trail Run & Walk is a great adventure for advanced racers and beginners alike, and the perfect opportunity to experience the great outdoors within Georgia's only Dedicated Old-Growth Forest.
DATE/TIME: Saturday morning, April 22, 2017. See schedule below.
LOCATION: Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Dr., Gainesville, GA 30504
Races and Entry Fees
$60 = Half-Marathon - trailrunproject.com/trail/7...
$45 = 10K Run - trailrunproject.com/trail/7...
$30 = 5K Run/Walk - trailrunproject.com/trail/7...
$20 = Kids Fun Run - trailrunproject.com/trail/7...
Participants registered by April 12, 2017 are guaranteed a tech t-shirt. Refreshments will be available before and after the race.
Features: Birding — River/Creek — Spring — Views — Wildflowers
Dogs: No Dogs
Need to Know
There will be volunteers and signage guiding your way at every turn. Water/Gatorade stations will be available approximately 2.8 miles into the race at Chicopee Lake, and at approximately 3.6 miles at the intersection of Bridge Trail
and East Lake Trail
Elachee's Annual Plant Sale will be taking place at the Nature Center that day from 10 AM to 3 PM. Special guest Julie Evans, a partner at the Fockele Garden Company, will be on site to answer gardening and planting questions.
Offering a selection of unique perennials, broad leaf evergreens, wildflowers and ferns, many of the plants for sale are native to Georgia or are native hybrids not available in local garden centers. Procured from regional nurseries, these plants are adapted to grow well in this area and include a number of drought-tolerant selections. All plant sale proceeds benefit Elachee’s environmental education and conservation initiatives.
Be sure to bring cash for the plant sale and for Elachee's Gift Shop.
Races start in the Elachee Visitor Center parking lot with a brief portion of the race route along Elachee Drive (required for spacing), before entering the forest. Once in the forest, runners/walkers actually travel along the trails of Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve. Race routes are well-marked with lots of cheerful volunteers guiding the way. The terrain features moderate-to-easy singletrack trails along rolling hills, with beautiful woodland scenery interspersed by several streams.
The race begins at the Nature Center parking lot, allowing runner spacing along the drive and gravel parking lot. The route enter the forest on West Lake Trail
, and quickly turns right onto Dunlap Trail. Dunlap Trail then merges into West Lake Trail
, and runners continue along West Lake Trail
as they run through the forest and across multiple bridges over streams. The trail crosses over a large earthen dam at Chicopee Lake, across the parking lot of the Chicopee Woods Aquatic Center, then reenters the woods on East Lake Trail
. East Lake Trail
terminates at the Mathis Trail
, onto which runners make a right. Runners loop around Mathis, hang a left onto Ed Dodd Trail
followed by another left onto Elachee Creek Trail
, stay right at the fork back onto Mathis Trail
, make a left onto Mathis Connector
followed by a right onto West Lake Trail
, and then head back to the Nature Center parking lot for the finish line.
The 10K and half marathon races cross an earthen dam that features a spectacular view of the 8-acre Chicopee Lake.
Flora & Fauna
A variety of wildflowers and other native plants can be seen along the trails and streams.