Hawk Hollow is a natural setting with a woodland Tolkien feel. It is a place to explore habitats and ecosystems. There are woodland paths, a butterfly garden, a creek, and two Hobbit Houses that you can even stay over night in!
Hawk Hollow’s purpose is to restore as much native habitat as possible while removing invasive species. New native species are introduced on an annual basis. Some are easily placed in open spaces, but some must be strategically planned to compensate from removal of invasives while leaving as much habitat intact as possible. In some cases, long term non-natives are left to keep the native wildlife in place. It is a great place to become an explorer.
It is home to many birds, a family of turtles, frogs, and owls. Hawk Hollow is one of Atlanta’s unique urban/wild interfaces, and we at the Wylde Center are excited to be stewards of this property. With its streamside location and its vital microecosystem, there are opportunities galore to explore how we can help native plants and animals thrive in these little habitat pockets. Our focus at this greenspace is invasive plant management and reintroduction of native plants and pollinators.
Where does the name Hawk Hollow come from? On the property grows a tree with a hollow base that is fun to explore. Don’t worry, the tree is still healthy! And above, hawks make the treetops and the surrounding area their home.
Hawk Hollow was donated to the Wylde Center in May 2012. Just north of Oakview on 1st Avenue, Hawk Hollow rests on a flood plain of the Ocmulgee watershed.
To learn about volunteer opportunities at Hawk Hollow please email email@example.com
Hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Tamara Jones joined the Wylde Center as the new site coordinator for Hawk Hollow in June 2015. She brings her experience as site manager of the Decatur High School community garden and her work with the DHS culinary arts department. She completed the Dekalb County Master Gardener program in 2010 and has put in many volunteer hours gardening. She is excited to be working at the Wylde Center because she loves working in gardens, especially when it involves working with people of all ages. She is also looking forward to learning about planting Georgia’s native plants at Hawk Hollow.
Favorite vegetable to grow: Basil, tomato, okra!
Favorite plant to grow: Anything native!
Favorite place to eat: My house using produce from my garden
You can! In one of our Hobbit Houses!
“We had a wonderful time at these hobbit homes! We got very prompt responses and it was very private and peaceful! The giant tree swing, creek and fire pit were great surprises! They supplied us with the extras we needed to have the best time we will never forget!! We will definitely visit this magical hobbit land again someday soon!”
Where did the Hobbit Houses come from?
We bought them from Melissa and Rocy who live in Maine. They came down to Hawk Hollow and built them. Check out their website!
More experiences from the Hobbit Houses
“So. Much. Fun!! We will do this again when it’s warmer so the kids can play in the creek all day! Thanks for a great time!”
“We stayed the Hobbit Houses with our two kids (9 and 13). The location and experience are great for anyone who wants the outdoors-y feeling of camping, but the comfort of being in an urban area. The location is a lovely small nature preserve nestled in a quiet neighborhood. The place was just large enough for our boys to feel “adventurous”, yet small enough for us to feel comfortable letting them explore on their own. The houses are very cute and unique. The larger house fits a full-queen size mattress or mat with room to spare; the small house fits a twin size mattress, but was big enough for our boys to share.
“Note: if you have a full size blow up mattress, you will need to inflate it inside the house, as it will not fit through the door fully inflated, so you will need a battery powered pump…or a great set of lungs! Tamara was a great host, who communicated with us in a timely way and provided all of the necessary information for us to prepare for our stay. She also provided a bucket of small items to make our stay more comfortable (lamp, bug spray, lighter for the fire pit…), which we really appreciated. I highly recommend staying at the hobbit houses as a fun and different family experience!”
Oakhurst Garden @ 435 Oakview Road, Decatur: Under the arbor to the left (when facing the office), we have a rollaway trashcan where people dump their compost.
Edgewood Garden @ 1503 Hardee St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. There are compost bins behind the building where you may dump your compost.
Sugar Creek in the Oakhurst neighborhood in Decatur.
Sugar Creek Garden is located in the floodplain behind Oakhurst Presbyterian Church at East Lake Drive and Second Avenue (across the street from the dog park); it is at the back of the Oakhurst Presbyterian Church parking lot.
You may drop off your compost in the bins there that are located near the front of the garden.
Drop off times
Anytime during daylight hours, any day of the week.
What can be composted
Uncooked kitchen scraps are fine like fruit peels and egg shells. Also, paper towels that have been used to wipe up water, OJ, or other non-oily spills. Paper towel holders, toilet paper rolls
What cannot be composted
No cooked food, cheese, bread, meat, oil.
Other things to keep in mind
Most people bring their compost in a reusable container that they dump from into the compost trash can or directly into the compost bin. If you bring your compost in a plastic bag,please don’t put the plastic bag in the compost bins.
Also, just to let you know. There is a service called CompostNow that will pick up your compost from your house. Here is their information: https://compostnow.org/