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Trillium Trek Trail Walk/Run 5K



3.1 mile 5.0 kilometer loop
94% Runnable


Ascent: 326' 99 m
Descent: -326' -99 m
High: 1,178' 359 m
Low: 997' 304 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)


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Race along the trails in the 1,500-acre Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve as part of Earth Day 2017 activities at Elachee.

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Features River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife


Run Wild on Earth Day

Race along the trails in the Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve as part of Earth Day 2018 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 21, 2018. See schedule below.

LOCATION: Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Dr., Gainesville, GA 30504

Races and Entry Fees:
$60 = Half-Marathon
$30 = 5K Run/Walk
$20 = Kids Fun Run

Participants registered by April 2, 2018 are guaranteed a tech t-shirt. Refreshments will be available before and after the race.

Need to Know

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 5K race features a 150-foot suspension bridge crossing over Walnut Creek.

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 until they turn left at the Suspension Bridge and onto Bridge Trail. The Bridge Trail takes runners up to East Lake Trail where another left is made. East Lake terminates at the Mathis Trail, onto which runners make a left. Runners stay left onto Lake Loop - Mathis Connector at the fork, hang a right onto West Lake Trail, then head back to the Nature Center Parking Lot for the finish line.

There will be volunteers and signage guiding your way at every turn. Water/Gatorade stations will be available approximately 1.75 miles into the race at the intersection of Bridge Trail and East Lake Trail.

Flora & Fauna

A variety of wildflowers and other native plants can be seen along the trails and streams including several species of Trillium wildflowers.

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And they're off!
Mar 27, 2017 near Gainesv…, GA
Racers begin the charge at the start of Trillium Trek 2014.
Mar 10, 2017 near Gainesv…, GA
It's all smiles at the start of the 2016 Kid's Fun Run.
Mar 14, 2017 near Gainesv…, GA
A monstrous suspension bridge aids your passage over Walnut Creek.
Mar 14, 2017 near Oakwood, GA
The suspension bridge crossing during the 5K Walk/Run.
Mar 10, 2017 near Oakwood, GA
The turns are well-marked with volunteers to guide the way.
Mar 14, 2017 near Oakwood, GA


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