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Nature in Harmony

The best musical sounds are made at Sams Lake Bird Sanctuary.

Sams Lake Bird Sanctuary, located at 260 Old Senoia Road in Fayetteville, offers a serene retreat for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts alike. Donated by the Ferrol and Helen Sams family in 1997, this hidden gem provides a haven for an array of bird species amidst a lush wetland and tranquil forest.

Explore through 56 acres of untouched wilderness overseen by the Southern Conservation Trust (SCT). This sanctuary harbors deer, beavers, and turtles, and boasts an impressive bird population, with over 142 documented species—the third-highest on record in Fayette County.

As you enter the sanctuary, you're greeted by a peaceful ambiance, punctuated only by the soothing sounds of rustling leaves and bird calls. The sanctuary's well-maintained trails wind through a variety of habitats, offering visitors the opportunity to explore and observe wildlife in their natural surroundings.

One of the main attractions of Sams Lake Bird Sanctuary is, of course, its namesake lake. The expansive body of water serves as a vital habitat for numerous bird species. Birdwatchers can often spot blue herons, egrets, wood ducks, mallard ducks, Canada geese, and even the occasional muskrat or beaver.

The sanctuary features two observation decks with views of open water and wetland habitats, a quaint boardwalk, a wildlife observation overlooking the northernmost wetland, and a picnic area.

Sams Lake is a Georgia Audubon Certified Bird Sanctuary so pets are not allowed. The SCT offers other nature areas for visitors to walk their pets. Visit for details and to donate.

The sanctuary's diverse ecosystem supports a rich variety of plant life as well, with cypress trees, tupelo gums, and aquatic vegetation thriving in the wetland areas. Wildflowers add splashes of color to the landscape, attracting butterflies and other pollinators during the warmer months.

Sams Lake Bird Sanctuary is a prime destination for birdwatching. Whether you're a seasoned birder or just beginning to explore the world of birdwatching, you're sure to be captivated by the sights and sounds of the sanctuary.

The expansive body of water serves as a vital habitat for numerous bird species.