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Little Mulberry Park's second phase to open

LAWRENCEVILLE - What was once a family's bountiful backyard will become a nature preserve for all the citizens of Gwinnett, when officials open the second phase of Little Mulberry Park on Friday.

The Hog Mountain park features the 200-acre Karina Miller Nature Preserve, which is named after the former owner who, along with her husband James sold their land to the county in 2001.

The Miller property brought the total acreage at Little Mulberry Park to 890 acres - the largest when the second phase opens, but it will soon be eclipsed by the 1,800-acre Harbins Park.

The first phase of Little Mulberry Park opened in 2004, but officials have expanded the park to include fishing areas and many more miles of trails, both for pedestrians and equestrians.

The preserve includes the steepest portion of the ridge and is home to many native Georgia plants and wildlife.

Gwinnett County staff will be present at Little Mulberry Park from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday to distribute park information, giveaways, refreshments and to answer questions about the park.

Little Mulberry Park is located at 3855 Fence Road in Auburn, and an equestrian only entrance is located at 1300 Mineral Springs Road.