Auburn Astronomical Society

Auburn Forest Ecology Preserve Stargazes

Mary Olive Thomas Demonstration Forest
Moore's Mill Road
Auburn AL 

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For the past several years, Jennifer Lolley and the members of the Forest Ecology Preserve group have invited us to come to the Mary Olive Thomas Demonstration Forest on Moore’s Mill Road in Auburn to host a stargaze. 

The site is about 1/3 mile off the road (Moore's Mill) on a very accessible dirt/grass road.  It contains a nice open area (about 3 to 4 acres) for viewing, with good visibility to the east and south, acceptable viewing to the west, and Auburn city lights to the north.  There is a covered pavilion area with restrooms for the guys and gals.  It has power and lights, and the lights are on switches.   The road, and a residence near the road, are definitely well shielded by trees.  Oh, and there’s a nice parking area for visitors too. 

Directions to Mary Olive Thomas Forest: 

For those familiar with Auburn:  on Moore’s Mill Road, one mile east of the Ogletree Village shopping center ... on the north side of the road.  There will be a sign at the gate.  The shopping center is at the intersection of Moores Mill Road and Ogletree-Hamilton road.  This intersection is east of Dean Road, on Moore’s Mill. 

For those coming from out of town:  take exit 58 off I-85 (Tigertown exit) south (away from Tigertown) on Gateway Drive .  Follow the curve toward the east and, approximately 0.7 miles after you get off the interstate, turn right on Society Hill Road (runs north-south).  It's a fairly large intersection, so it'll be hard to miss.   Approximately 3.2 miles later, Society Hill intersects Moores Mill at a flashing red light.  There's a convenience store called the LAZ-B at this intersection.  Turn right on Moores Mill.  The gate will be about 0.9 mile on the right. 

Latitude:   32° 34.881'N
Longitude:   85° 25.328'W