The JOHN RIPLEY FORBES BIG TREES FOREST PRESERVE is a beautiful and unique 30-acre Fulton County Tree, Plant and Wildlife Sanctuary.
The Forest is a remarkable urban forest with hilly topography featuring two creeks and a diverse middle growth forest including specimen white oak trees between 100 and 200 years old. It is designed and managed as a forest education center offering passive recreation walks along 1 1/2 miles of wood mulched walking trails
The Forest is open sunrise to sunset, seven days each week. There is ample free parking. Dogs on leashes are welcomed in the Forest. The Forest is a smoke-free environment. Donations are appreciated and used wisely to promote the Forest mission.
The Forest is located about 4 miles north of I-285 in the northern metro – Atlanta community of Sandy Springs, Georgia, next to the North Fulton County Government Annex building at 7645 Roswell Road.
This previously threatened urban forest, one of the last in the highly developed area of Sandy Springs, was assembled in three purchases beginning in 1990 spearheaded by Southeast Land Preservation Trust in partnership with Fulton County and the State of Georgia. The State of Georgia owns 10 acres and the City of Sandy Springs owns 20 acres that was deeded from Fulton County in 2006.
The Forest is preserved and protected in a cooperative partnership with The John Ripley Forbes Big Trees Forest Preserve, Inc., the City of Sandy Springs, State of Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and Southeast Land Preservation Trust.