History of Pettit Environmental Preserve

The Margaret and Luke Pettit Environmental Preserve, Inc. was founded in 1999, when Gay Pettit Dellinger and her children donated 60 acres of forest and lake ecosystem in memory of Gay’s parents, Margaret and Luke Pettit. Later donations brought the size of the Preserve to 70 acres. A Certified Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, the Pettit Environmental Preserve is located on the Bartow/Paulding County line off Georgia Highway 61. With rolling hills characteristic of the area, the Preserve has a 9.5 acre lake that is a vital part of the habitat for native wildlife including deer, turkey, beaver, bobcat, turtle, bass, bream and catfish.

As a private, nonprofit corporation, The Pettit Preserve strives to provide:
  • a nature preserve for environmental studies
  • an opportunity for children to experience the joy of nature
  • a safe haven for native species
  • a research area of educational and scientific value
  • an outdoor teaching laboratory

The Pettit Preserve offers quarterly programs, monthly hikes, children/youth camps, and school field trips and is available as a venue for business and family events.

  • Ann & John Collins Trail (1.7 miles)
  • James Randall Roe/Toyo Trail (.25 miles)
  • Rotary Loop Trail (.65 miles)
  • Frog Pit seating area
  • Wood Duck Nesting Boxes
  • Learning Shed with picnic tables/benches
  • 36’ Swinging Bridge
  • 72’ Floating Bridge
  • Boardroom for Planet Earth – stone amphitheater
  • Lakeside Amphitheater
  • Over 50 Tree ID Markers
  • Dam Pavillion picnic area
Coming Soon!
  • Multi-Purpose Building
Mission Statement
The mission of the Margaret and Luke Pettit Environmental Preserve, Inc. is to act as guardian and steward for land under its auspices; to responsibly conserve the land; and, to judiciously use the land for education and research.


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