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Lullwater Preserve at Emory University

Run or walk the scenic trails at Lullwater Park, following the banks of a serene lake and crossing a span bridge to explore the ruins of a 1920s powerhouse.

georgia hiking trails: 2-4 miles 2-4 miles
(round trip)
? Your mileage may vary! Accuracy of your GPS device, weather conditions, and stops along your route will affect your own recorded distance.
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?Leashed dogs are allowed on this trail. We’ve loved hiking this route with our trail-loving Labrador Retrievers! Check out more of our favorite dog-friendly trails in Georgia for a great hike with your pup.

LOCATION:on the Emory University campus in Atlanta, Georgia

PACK:our Osprey day pack and our hiking gear list

Lullwater Preserve offers many scenic walking and running trail loops nestled within Emory University’s North Decatur campus near Atlanta. The Lullwater Trail passes the Lullwater House mansion, skirts Candler Lake and crosses a span bridge to explore mill beside a tumbling spillway waterfall in a beautiful, wildlife-rich forest.

Lullwater Park: explore a beautiful park on the Emory University campus in Atlanta

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Lullwater Preserve: the run

Lullwater’s many acres offer an immediate escape from the city, its towering old growth trees creating a seemingly impenetrable barrier to the gorgeous landscape within. Owls dive through the tree canopy, their intense gaze on the forest floor causing nearby squirrels to freeze their frolic. Fish pause in the shade of overhanging limbs in the Lullwater Pond. And reptiles bask in the sun-dappled forest accessible via the park’s meandering trails.

Lullwater Park at Emory University: hike or run to the ruins an octagonal, old stone powerhouse near a tumbling spillway waterfallExplore the remains of an old octagonal powerhouse at Lullwater Park

One of the park’s highlights is the private residence of Lullwater House, a 1926 Tudor mansion built with stone quarried on-site for Walter Candler, a son of Coca-Cola’s founder. The Tudor estate overlooks Candler Lake’s smooth surface, home to waterfowl and fish basking in its shallows’ sunlight. Candler Lake is dammed on its northernmost end, creating a spillway for a powerhouse that once provided electricity for the Lullwater House estate.

A wood and steel span bridge crosses downstream from the waterfall, offering access to the powerhouse’s stone ruins.

Lullway Park, located on Emory University's Atlanta campus, features this spillway waterfall near an old stone powerhouse

The former powerhouse tower is octagonal in shape, climbing two stories of stacked stone. It stands open to the sky above, ivy climbing skyward across its stone walls.

Lullwater Park’s limited access creates a feeling of solitude and privacy. It’s the perfect location for an on-campus escape into nature, a run or fitness walk, or a read beneath a shady tree on the banks of Candler Lake.

Note: access to Lullwater Preserve is limited to Emory University students, faculty, and employees.

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Please Remember

Always leave no trace, pack out everything you pack in, and if you see trash, pick it up and pack it out.

Stay on the marked trail, tell someone where you're going, pack safety and wayfinding essentials, and don't rely on a mobile phone to find your way. Please always practice good trail etiquette. And before you go, always check the trailhead kiosk, official maps, and the park or ranger office for notices of changed routes, trail closures, safety information, and restrictions.

Lullwater Park Trail Map, Directions & Details

This map shows our approximate route while exploring this trail, but does not replace an official trail map. Please refer to the official trail map for the most current and accurate route.

Driving Directions


Parking is NOT available at the Lullwater Park trailhead. And access to the park is limited to Emory University students, faculty, and employees.

GPS Coordinates

33.795800, -84.321350     //     N33 47.748 W84 19.281

Elevation Profile

Lullwater Park Trail at Emory University

Eric Champlin is a creative director and photographer who loves to explore southeast. He's the co-owner of Trailful Outdoor Co, a locally-owned hiking outfitter shop in Hiawassee in the Georgia mountains near the Appalachian Trail. He’s also the co-founder of Atlanta Trails and Asheville Trails, digital magazines that highlight the South’s best outdoor adventures. His mission? To inspire others to get fit outdoors and explore the South’s incredible scenic beauty.