Ben Burton Park - Athens, GA
N 33° 57.457 W 083° 26.194
17S E 274850 N 3760131
Quick Description: Large park along the Oconee River.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 12/24/2008 4:03:13 PM
Waymark Code: WM5DVZ
32 acres off Mitchell Bridge Rd.
Sunrise to Sunset
Ben Burton Park is comprised of a blend of floodplain and forest habitats. Key features include:
> A climax hardwood forest
> large grassy fields
> 1.2 mile mineral surface loop trail
> picturesque shoals on the Middle Oconee River
Dedicated in October, 1971, in the term of Mayor Julius F. Bishop. This 32-acre recreation area alongside the Oconee River occupies the site of a dismantled hydroelectric generating station built in 1896 and used for 68 years. In response to Mayor Bishop's interest in acquiring the site for the benefit of Athens Citizens, Georgia Power Company donated it to the City of Athens in 1967. The park is named in honor of Ben W Burton Georgia Power Vice President who shared Mayor Bishop's desire to see this recreation area created for the pleasure of the people.
Luther T Bond
Joseph R Hooten, Jr
W. Calvin Bridges
Robert H Kimbrell
Dwain P Chambers
Paul J Oeland
Lee H Guest
Edward L Turner
Hugh R Hale
J Comer Whitehead
Name: Ben Burton Park
Street Location: Mitchell Bridge Rd
Local Municipality: Athens-Clarke County
State/Province, etc.: GA
Web Site: [Web Link]
Date Established: 1971
Picnic Facilities: some tables
Ponds/Lakes/Streams/Rivers/Beach: Oconee River
Memorial/Commemoration: Not listed
Monuments/Statues: Not listed
Art (murals/sculpture, etc.): Not listed
Fountains: Not listed
Special Events: Not listed
Traditional Geocaches: Not listed
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