Travel: Doll's Head Trail, Atlanta
At the beginning of June, we visited the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta then found ourselves at a loss of what to do afterwards. We weren't hungry, so finding a cool restaurant wasn't an option. I consulted my ever-growing list of weird things that I must see and/or do and convinced my family that yes, we have to visit a hiking trail that's famous for it's creepy name: Doll's Head Trail.
About DHT from History Atlanta: In southeast Atlanta lies a nature preserve unlike any other in Georgia. Doll’s Head Trail at Constitution Lakes Park is part wildlife refuge, part hiking trail, part snake pit and part art exhibit. The land has been transformed by both humans and the flooding South River into an ecological sanctuary smack in the middle of an industrial district.
It’s called Doll’s Head Trail because of the in situ artwork created with trash, many of it doll heads, that is left over after the South River floods. At the center of the park lies two small lakes that were formerly excavation pits created by the South River Brick Company digging out the soft red clay for bricks. It’s a must visit for Atlanta art lovers, urban explorers, birders, fishermen, tree huggers, history buffs and nature geeks.
I've been all up and down Moreland Avenue for years and never noticed the entrance to Constituion Lakes Park. It is easy to miss, since it's not clearly marked from Moreland.
The first park of the trail is paved. It's an easy walk to the lake and you quickly forget that you're close to the city and several major highways.
I could tell that we were all kind of apprehensive about walking an unknown trail, especially one with a weird name. We came across a message scribbled in the dirt: TURN BACK NOW! While we considered the message two strangers appeared on the trail and spooked us. They were nice and we all shared a few laughs after they assured us the trail was fine.
Finally! The entrance to the trail! There are fishing bobs attached to the trees. Make sure to follow those around the trail.
You know I am all about these artists!
(Check out my posts about visiting Pasaquan & Howard Finster's Paradise Gardens).
If you're into unique adventures around Atlanta, then Doll's Head Trail is a must-do! Everyone we met on the trail was very kind. However, my daughter was creeped out when we got back to the car and now, several weeks later she makes a weird face whenever I mention Doll's Head Trail. Go with your folk-art-loving friends. They'll appreciate it more than the kids.