Holly Creek Preserve

Tucked at the edge of the Cohutta Mountains and bordered by national forest, two nearly pristine streams support important flora and fauna.

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There’s no denying Holly Creek Preserve’s forested beauty with its steep slopes, ridges, narrow valleys and rock outcrops. Hikers and mountain bikers have enjoyed this area of the Cohutta Mountains for years on Tibbs Trail which runs through the preserve on its way to Grassy Mountain on U.S. Forest Service land. But what makes the preserve special is its frontage on two important mountain streams, Holly Creek and Dill Creek.

Acquired by the Conservancy in 2005, the 250-acre preserve is bordered on three sides by the Chattahoochee National Forest and provides a crucial buffer for both Holly and Dill Creek as their water flows through the mountains and empties into the Conasauga River. It is these mountain streams that are a stronghold for diverse and rare aquatic species whose health, in turn, affects the Conasauga.

The preserve is located in Murray County in the extreme northwest section of the state, less than two hours from Atlanta and one hour from Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Nature Conservancy works with Murray County as well as a host of other federal and state agencies and volunteers on maintenance and management efforts. Chief among these is to improve water quality in Holly and Dill creeks by repairing spots of degradation caused by roads through the preserve, and managing the entire site in the future with prescribed burns to remove invasive species and restore natural plant communities. Volunteers help with litter control along a county-maintained road that borders the preserve.

Animals At Risk
  • Blue Shiner
  • Alabama Moccasinshell
  • Coosa Moccasinshell
  • Finelined Pocketbook
  • Georgia Pigtoe
  • Southern Clubshell
  • Southern Pigtoe
  • Triangular Kidneyshell
Ecosystems at Risk
  • South Blueridge pine-hardwood forest
Contact Information

Holly Creek Preserve is open to the public during daylight hours without a reservation. For more information, contact:

North Georgia Conservation Office
P.O. Box 737
Armuchee, GA 30105-0737
(706) 234-1404


From Atlanta (2 hours)

  • Travel on I-75 North
  • Take Exit 293 (Highway 411) after approximately 40 miles
  • Follow signs to stay on US-411
  • Go through Chatsworth to Eton
  • Turn right at stoplight onto CCC Camp Rd
  • Travel 5 miles to the end of the pavement
  • Park 1/4 mile down on left at old gate
  • You'll see TNC signs on trees marking boundary

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