Explore nature and learn some local history near Johns Creek homes at Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center. This property has had a varied and fascinating history. The Cherokee and Creek Indians were the first inhabitants. After the Indians were forced from the area, the land was sold for farming. The Autrey family built a mill which was in use from 1877 to the early 1900s. The mill was primarily used for making wheat flour, though ground corn was also produced. By the 1890s, people could easily purchase flour, and the mill was used less and less.

Today, visitors are welcome to this Johns Creek real estate location to take a self-guided audio tour of the Heritage Village. Three of the buildings were built by former inhabitants of the property, while the other four were saved from demolition and moved here. The buildings are opened for special events or for pre-arranged group tours. See the large Summerour Family House, a smaller tenant farmer’s house, a barn, church, and store. An Indian village is currently under construction and will fill out the story of this land.

Autrey Mill is also a favorite hiking spot for people from Johns Creek homes. There are several miles of trails, which take hikers through old growth hardwood forest and past the creek. You’ll see native plants and wildlife along the way, too. It’s a great place to get younger kids into hiking, as the trails are fairly flat and a manageable distance. There’s also a full schedule of events, classes, and tours. Visit Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center from 8 a.m. to dusk.