The South Fork Conservancy has completed a stream bank erosion control project, slowing storm water draining. The $60,000 project, funded by a generous grant from Cox Communications, allowed South Fork to create an easy crossing over the former concrete lined ditch in Peavine Creek. Emory University contributed over 20 species of native plants and trees, worth more than $5,000, which the Conservancy used to restore the land at the confluence leading to a serene woodland garden, a hidden treasure.
“Every drop of water raining on Emory Village slides into Peavine Creek. The Alliance is doing good work protecting this waterway by keeping eyes on the health of the creek,” says Sally Sears, president of South Fork Conservancy.
Peavine’s headwaters drain from many neighborhoods: the Decatur City Cemetery, Candler Park’s Golf Course, and most of Druid Hills. In fact, baseballs from Emory’s fields are often prized by hikers who find them in the current.
Three trail walks near Emory Plaza offer a wilder side of the water of Peavine Creek. Trails were first cut when DeKalb County installed a sewer line 20 years ago and improved by Emory students for Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2018.
Burbanck Park is a block away, past Domino’s Pizza, where recently, volunteers removed the Burbanck home from the stream buffer and built the park with sweeping views of the creek, benches, and a trail close enough to dip your toes in the creek.
The Peavine Confluence Garden is a 15-minute walk down the trail (across from Candler Field), continues past Old Briarcliff Road, and returns as a loop trail onto Eagle Row, offering a view of the bank’s beaches and tall trees. However, we would like to discourage bicycle riders from veering onto the path toward channel 5, as the traffic harms the native plants.
The newest walk, for those wanting a longer stroll in the woods, begins at the intersection of Harvard and Emory roads. At Panera Bread, two new benches sit right on the bank where herons, otters, and salamanders make their homes. This is where the annual duck race is held during Open Streets Emory Village each fall. Further directions for trails are located at South Fork Conservancy.