Blueway Trail Construction Blog


Finishing work is currently being done on the Woodland Loop Trail including the addition of metal edging along the Chastain Preserve town homes, a flagstone entrance off of Roswell by Post Chastain, and the installation of timber edging along the Painted Turtle Trail.

Nov. 2018


Been out to Emma? You may have noticed the freshly cut trail! The in-progress trail will eventually take you to the old Mill Dam off Lakemoore Drive. Please be careful! This trail is not yet complete.

Additionally, the Preserve received approvals from the City of Atlanta to begin work on the Land O' Lakes loop trail! This entails laying slate gravel, puncheon boardwalk, and building water crossings around the property.

Oct. 2018


Sept. 2018

Another exciting and productive month has passed and the Blueway Trails continues to look better and better! Check out the new section of boardwalk along the Beaver Tail Trail at our Emma Wetlands property.

We also have a new trail that will take you safely from Roswell Road into the Preserve along the Woodland Loop Trail.

In addition, we are currently going through a permitting process so we can start on a very exciting new loop trail at Land O Lakes adjacent to Sarah Smith property. More information to come so check back for updates!


We have been busy on Blueway construction this month! About 250 feet of boardwalk has been added to our ADA ramp on the Woodland Loop. The boardwalk gives more accessibility and a better experience in nature. We have also extended the current Woodland Loop boardwalk by the Community Garden and Girl Scout Pavilion.

In addition, we have improved our Painted Turtle Trail by creating an edged trail around the pond. Now, you can enjoy the Painted Turtle Trail without using the Roswell Road sidewalk!

Lastly, we have added about 100 feet of boardwalk on the Beaver Tail Trail in the Emma Wetlands location. Much more boardwalk will be added to Emma soon- check back next month for another update.

August 2018


July 2018

Exciting improvements are being made on the trails at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve. The ADA-compliant ramp that will take you from the parking lot to the Woodland Loop Trail has been approved and is almost complete.

Timber edging has also been installed along the Woodland Loop Trail. Currently, our trail crew is working on some flagstone landings for areas with erosion problems. Visit the Preserve to see all these enhancements! 


Another section of trails has been approved for construction. The next two months we will be focusing on making our trails accessible for everyone. An ADA ramp will be built at the Woodland Loop Trail and puncheon boardwalk will be installed in low spots on the trail.

Additionally, puncheon boardwalks and small bridges will be built around the Emma Wetlands so everyone can safely and dryly navigate these ephemeral wet spaces.

Some finishing work has to be done before we begin this work, including installing edging on the Beaver Tail Trail at the Emma Wetlands.

June 2018

New edging and trail mix at Emma.

Field Education Center at Emma.


More improvements have been made on the Painted Turtle Trail and Woodland Loop Trail. Lots of trail mix (slate gravel) has been put down, meaning more accessibility on our trails. 

May 2018


April 2018

Much has been done in the past month. Gravel and rock edging has been put down around the community garden and along the Woodland Loop Trail. The outdoor theater has been completed, and a curving staircase was built to reach Roswell Road safely.


March 2018

We have pushed through the inclement weather to continue improving the existing trails. Some of the preliminary preparation work has started on River Cane and Woodland Loop trails near our building on Roswell Road. 

In addition, Tailored Trails has started to lay the new slate chip trail material (aka trail mix) on the Beaver Tail Trail at Emma. This surface is more durable than the wood chips we've been using. More importantly it compacts well creating a uniform surface making it possible for those with mobility challenges be outside in nature. 

We will be adding edging and boardwalk where needed to navigate the wettest parts of the Preserve.


February 2018

We are happy to report after receiving approval from the City we have begun initial work with improvements to the existing trails.  Our trail building partners, Tailored Trails have made improvements to existing bridges on the Beaver Tail Trail at Emma and on the Woodland Loop Trail near the Community Garden.