Nature Trails

Open Daily, 9 a.m-5 p.m.

Thanks to a vast network of walking trails, visitors to Callaway Gardens are mere minutes away from a great escape into the heart of nature. Our foot trails offer a wide array of options for casual walkers to serious hikers, all affording an up-close view of nature at its most spectacular.

Azalea Trail: This 1.6-mile path weaves through the Overlook Azalea Garden, a natural amphitheater whose namesake blooms explode with Spring color and where companion plantings offer additional color and texture throughout the year.

Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl: A network of wide, paved paths criss-crosses a 40-acre hillside garden that showcases more than 3,000 hybrid azaleas in Spring, plus an additional 2,000 trees and shrubs that provide an array of foliage and blooms throughout the year.

Holly Trail and Thornhill Hydrangea Garden: Located in Meadowlark Garden, the Holly Trail packs one of the country’s largest displays of Asian and American holly collections and picturesque gazebo along its .8 mile length. Nearby, the Thornhill Hydrangea Garden and a large picnic area offer a serene environment for quiet reflection.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Trail: Also located in the Meadowlark Garden area is the .6-mile Wildflower Trail, where native plants of Georgia are featured, including many rare, threatened and endangered species. The trail offers a gazebo, waterfall and picturesque bridge overlooking Mountain Creek Lake.

Laurel Springs Trail: The most secluded of our trails, the .5-mile Laurel Springs Trail offers a moderately challenging loop through a section of Appalachian hardwood forest and a mountain laurel thicket along the slope of Pine Mountain Ridge.

Mountain Creek Trail: This woodland path rambles 1.5 miles along the water’s edge, offering a glimpse of diverse flora and wildlife including turtles, fish, ducks, herons and other aquatic residents. Two gazebos provide delightful spots to sit and enjoy the surroundings.

Rhododendron Trail: This .6-mile route near the Day Butterfly Center highlights evergreen rhododendrons near the Southern limits of their range. A secluded sitting area offers an opportunity to observe waterfowl on Hummingbird Lake

Whippoorwill Lake Trail: Near the Overlook Azalea Garden, the .5-mile Whippoorwill Lake Trail hugs the water’s edge on one side and a woodland habitat on the other. Look for wood ducks nesting near the bridge.