The South Fork Conservancy is kicking off a $2 million capital campaign with the announcement of a $500,000 grant for an “iconic” pedestrian bridge and other improvements linking Buckhead and DeKalb County trails.

The conservancy creates trails along the South Fork of Peachtree Creek, which runs between Buckhead and Emory University. Its plan is to link into the PATH400 and Atlanta BeltLine trails. The cities of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs have plans to plug into those trail networks. In addition, Brookhaven’s planned Peachtree Creek Greenway park and trail system, on the creek’s North Fork, would connect to the South Fork system as well.

The walking bridge on the Cheshire Farm Trail crossing Peachtree Creek under the new Georgia 400 flyover ramp. (Courtesy of The South Fork Conservancy)

In August, the conservancy announced that the Kendeda Fund has pledged $500,000 toward the capital campaign, called “Revealing the Creek.”

“You have to experience the South Fork Trails to really grasp their importance,” said South Fork co-founder Sally Sears in the press release, noting that philanthropist Diana Blank has visited the urban green space. “She saw long ago what a difference this very generous grant might make.”

Key South Fork supporters heard the news at an August 18 event hosted by capital campaign co-chairs Billy Hall and Joni Winston.

The conservancy’s current open trails include the Confluence, Cheshire Farm and Meadow Loop trails in Buckhead, and Zonolite Park in DeKalb County. For details, visit southforkconservancy.org.