The Lake Claire Community Land Trust overlooks Dekalb Ave. between Arizona Ave. and Nelms Ave. in Lake Claire, across from the railroad and MARTA tracks. The main entrance is in the cul-de-sac where Arizona does not quite meet Dekalb. (Note that Arizona continues south of Dekalb, but the two Arizonas do not connect.)
There is very limited parking at the Land Trust. Please respect our neighbors by using MARTA if possible (Edgewood/Candler Park station), or park at least a block away and walk. This is especially important on event nights to ensure our neighbors can park in front of their homes. Event parking is available at Clifton Sanctuary, 369 Connecticut Ave NE (McLendon & Connecticut). This former Presbyterian church is now a men’s shelter helping homeless men get back on their feet.
Driving from Little Five Points: Go east on McLendon Ave. 1.1 miles, passing four traffic lights. Go two blocks past the light at Clifton Rd., at the top of the hill, and turn right on Arizona. Clifton Sanctuary is one block farther at the corner of Connecticut. For a map to the Land Trust, click here.
Arriving by MARTA: From the Edgewood/Candler Park station on the East Line, cross the pedestrian bridge to the north side of Dekalb Ave. Walk east on Dekalb approximately half a mile till you pass the traffic light at Clifton Rd. Go one short block further, cross Nelms Ave., and turn left on a diagonal path between two utility poles on the corner. Follow the path up and along Dekalb past a large garden on your left, then some smaller ones on your right. At the top of the hill, you’re there.
If you don’t mind a longer, more scenic walk, stay on Dekalb instead of turning on Nelms. You’ll pass a grassy embankment, which is the Land Trust. Then you’ll come to a block-long retaining wall covered with colorful paint. This is the Watershed Mural, honoring the Subcontinental Divide, which runs along the ridge you are following. The mural depicts the rivers that flow to the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, respectively, from either side of the ridge. (Hint: you get a better view of the mural if you cross Dekalb and walk in the grass.) At the end of the mural, turn left on Connecticut Ave., walk one block, turn left again on New York, then left again on Arizona. The Land Trust will be on your right when you reach the cul-de-sac. On your left will be the Lake Claire Cohousing community, which sits atop the retaining wall that bears the mural.