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Hitting the Trails: Collins Hill Park

October 8, 2012

Guest Blogger Darlene Vincent, Girls on the Run of Atlanta Intern and runner

A favorite destination for joggers, picnickers, and Little Leaguers alike, Collins Hill Park offers something for everyone including a 1.5 mile mulch trail that encompasses the park and can be started at either of the path’s main entrances—by the basketball courts or adjacent to the lake. This serene, shaded trail winds through the woods and contains numerous hills at varying inclines.  Since the soft surface trail is a large loop, the path can be started at either opening, depending on the level of difficulty you desire. The path’s entrance by the lake provides a tougher workout as this hilly route contains more uphill slopes than the other direction.

Along the trail you’ll pass friendly joggers, walkers, and dog owners. Parts of the path run along the lake, by ball fields, and next to goldenrod meadows. And near the quarter-mile marker, you’ll spot Collins Hill Park’s hidden landmark—a pair of intertwined trees that lovers and friends have carved their names into throughout the years.

Located near Collins Hill’s Golf Club and Aquatic Center, this Gwinnett park is easy to access off of Collins Hill Road, provides plenty of free parking, and boasts many activities for all ages. In addition to the soft surface trail, Collins Hill Park’s amenities include two playgrounds, seven baseball and softball fields, batting cages, lighted basketball courts, and a sand volleyball court. A spacious pavilion is also located next to the park’s fishing lake where you’ll spy geese, ducks, and sunning turtles in the water.

Happy running!

Photography by Darlene Vincent

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