Gainesville - Elachee Nature Science Center

2125 Elachee Drive

Mission Statement:

Elachee's mission is to promote environmental understanding through education and conservation.


Educating for Today... Preserving for Tomorrow. Through our environmental education programs we strive to instill an appreciation, understanding, and concern for the natural world, fostering an interest in personal commitment to preserving our natural resources and the environment for future generations to enjoy.


Nichole Zimmerman

Tuesday, Sep. 26, 2017
The Elachee Nature Center is a great place to go for a hike during any part of the year. There are short trails that are under 1 mile, and long trails that go up to about 7 miles at all types of elevations. There is even a handicap accessible paved trail - which is really cool! I have never been inside the science building, but I have heard good things, but i most often come here to take a nice calming hike!

Rachel Virden

Sunday, April 29, 2018
The nature preschool is amazing experience for our son!

Bailey Benjamin

Thursday, July 13, 2017
I hikes the 4.5 mile lakes trails. Nice shaded trail. Well marked blazes. Watch our for spider webs. Not many mosquito, even in the summer. The lake has fish and turtles of all sizes. The trail has cool lizards, frogs, snails, and mushrooms.

John Compton

Thursday, June 29, 2017
The nature trails are great! They have beginners loops all the way up to really rigorous ones that stretch many miles with tough climbing switchbacks. The volunteer armada there are dedicated and very aware. Always diverging trails for erosion purposes and keeping the trails clean and clear. These are primitive trails so single file works best. Also there are suspension bridges and other narrow parts so show that trail etiquette and yield to traffic.

Al Trembley

Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017
Elachee is a great heritage for the Gainesville Georgia community. The stewardship of staff and volunteers from the community is a treasure for those looking to learn, teach and be present with nature and our families.

Recent News

Historical Hike Series at Elachee Nature Science Center

Historical Hikes: Experiencing Nature through the Eyes and Words of Influential Explorers, Conservationists and Naturalists.Join us at Elachee in October for another series of Historical Hikes, our new innovative program and hike through time with th…

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