Follow the path . . . to the Nature Center
On any given day, Bear Creek Nature Center receives its share of visitors from those who wander off the beaten path or decide to extend their hike from Cochran Mill Park, which adjoins the property. Once there, first-time visitors discover many reasons for returning, including the Nature Center's environmental exhibits and education, and outdoor recreation areas ideal for family picnics, larger gatherings, or day hikes.
The Nature Center chose the "Bear Paw" for its barn quilt in honor of its namesake, Bear Creek, and also for the history of this particular quilt pattern, which is said to have guided many who wander through the woods.
The main barn quilt is displayed on the lower-level of the Lodge at the Nature Center (check website or Facebook for hours of operation). For those touring the Chatt Hills Barn Quilt Trail during other times, a smaller version of the barn quilt is displayed on the Nature Center's mailbox on Cochran Mill Rd.
Pictured above, left to right: Norma Lewis, Executive Director and Naturalist; Larry Reed, CFO; Louie Deaton, Director; Beth Harbin, Assistant Naturalist; Ray Hannah, Chairperson.