Hampton-Beecher Preserve

One of WAWA’s proudest moments is when we led the charge to acquire the Lionel Hampton Beecher Preserve in 2002. The Lionel Hampton tract is an approximately 102-acre undeveloped property of mature vegetation. Located on North Utoy Creek in southwest Atlanta, the property contains significant ecological, recreational, and historical relics. The tract is comprised of mature hardwood forest with a tributary that converges with North Utoy Creek. The property is adjacent to the PATH Foundation Lionel Hampton Trail, which runs north-south along the property’s eastern boundary. The PATH Foundation Lionel Hampton Trail is a paved multi-use pedestrian path with earthworks (trenches and fortifications) used by Union troops in the Battles of Ezra Church and Utoy Creek during the Civil War. Civil War Commission historical experts reference these fortifications as well preserved and intact due to the fact that the property has only been minimally developed.