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Sandy Creek Park

This park surrounds Lake Chapman and features a variety of activies and facilities. Picnic sites, wooded trails, swimming, playgrounds, fishing, dog runs, disc golf course, sports area, and rental pavillion facilities are highlights of this large local park.

January 2013 Update:  Lakeside Trail now fully encircles Lake Chapman, a roughly 7-mile path for hikers or adventurous joggers.

May 2013 Update:  Canoe, Kayak, and Paddleboard rentals are available on Saturdays and Sundays  from 12:30 - 5:00 p.m.




  • $2 per person for ages 4-64
  • FREE for ages 3 and younger/65 and older


  • Tuesday - Sunday. Closed Mondays.
  • Winter hours: 9a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Summer hours: 7a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Spring/Fall: varies


--Monthly Fishing Contest: Each month's contest features a different fish. The contest for March 2013 is largest crappie; April is largest bass, and May is largest catfish. The winner receives an annual family permit to Sandy Creek Park. The fishing contest is open to all age groups and is free of charge, excluding the $2 park admission fee. Fish must be caught in Lake Chapman and weighed in at the gatehouse. Poles and lines, only. See website for more details and contest rules.

St. Joe's Jog 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run

    From: February 21, 2015 - February 21, 2015
Join this race at their NEW LOCATION - SANDY CREEK PARK - ATHENS. The course will be run inside the park with little to no traffic. Walkers and Str... View Details

5K Run for Haiti

    From: March 14, 2015 - March 14, 2015
Awards: Very beautiful and unique awards will be given to Overall M/F, Masters M/F, and top three M/F in age groups beginning 10 and under through 75... View Details