Sams Lake Sanctuary
Since opening to the public in September 2008, Sams Lake has attracted many visitors – both human and wild. Beaver have constructed two dams – one is easy to see up close, from the dam next to the parking lot. There’s also a large flock of wild turkeys in residence.
Visit our full list of wildlife sightings, and be sure to enter your own sightings in the wildlife log at the preserve.
Others have seen a multitude of inhabitants including egrets, heron, hawks, deer, muskrat and even a bold armadillo who greeted a delighted visitor within feet of the trail.
Sams Lake is located on Old Senoia Rd, south of Fayetteville. The 56-acre site, a drained lake bed that was reverting to a natural meadow, was donated to the Trust by the Ferrol and Helen Sams family of Fayetteville. In 2001, the City of Atlanta agreed to restore a wetland habitat at the site as required mitigation for the wetlands disturbed by construction of the fifth runway at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.
Amenities at the preserve include an easy half mile mulched trail around the borders of the wetlands and three observation decks for wildlife viewing.
A series of low dikes manage the water level to provide four shallow pond areas. Small islands provide habitat for nesting birds. As the water level stabilizes and native plants mature, the bird sanctuary will draw migrating and nesting birds and other wildlife, providing an opportunity to experience nature “up close and personal.”