A.L. Burrus Nature Park is a City of Marietta park with three nature trails, a bike trail, a pavilion, and picnic tables. It is located at 75 South Cobb Drive, near Cobb Parkway/Highway 41, and the trails connect with the nature trail at Life University.
One nice feature of the park is that Rottenwood Creek runs through it.
Rich Buss, Marietta’s Parks, Recreation and Facilities Director told the Courier in an email, “Burruss Park is 45.66 acres and was deeded to the City from the Department of Interior, National Park Service as surplus Federal Property. It was originally attached to the Dobbins Air Force Base facility. The surplus land to park program deeded chunks of land throughout the country to state and local governments for public park and recreational purposes. Wildwood Park, which is located nearby, is another example of this program.”
According to Buss, the deed was transferred to the city in 1981, and soon thereafter the city got two grants to proceed. The planning and development of the park began later in the 1980s.
The bike trails were added in 2009, and recently a volunteer group met with park staff to discuss a partnership to develop a larger network of bike trails within the park. Buss said the Parks and Recreation Department expects those talks to continue.