You can only use things found on property The rules are simple at Doll's Head Trail. (Photo: Snapshot from video)

Tucked away in a corner of southeast Atlanta is Constitution Lakes, a little-known nature preserve that's home to scenic wetlands, a variety of wildlife and a constantly evolving art exhibit created entirely from items found in the park.

Once the site of a brickyard, the property was purchased by DeKalb County in 2003. Soon after, a paved walkway and a boardwalk were added around one side of the lakes.

Located in Southeast Atlanta Constitution Lakes and the surrounding wetlands provide a surprising habitat for birds and animals. (Photo: MNN)

A fun walk to the Doll's Head Trail The boardwalk at Constitution Lakes. (Photo: Snapshot from video)

The brickyard shut down nearly 50 years ago, and the lakes were created when water filled the clay excavation pits.

Today, Constitution Lakes is a wetland habitat that’s popular for birding, and it’s home to herons, geese, kingfishers, hawks and several other bird species.

It is an art instillation The forest turns into a trail filled with doll heads. (Photo: MNN)

The preserve sustains a wide range of plant species and wildlife, and in 2013, one of its willow oaks was certified as the tallest in Atlanta.

Venture off the boardwalk to further explore the preserve, and you might happen upon a hidden gem of the park: Doll's Head Trail.

In 2011, park regulars began constructing art pieces along a section of trail with items found only at Constitution Lakes.

Joel Slaton, a local carpenter, started the trail as part of his vision to make an art project out of the doll arts and trash scattered throughout the park.

Fishing lures, horseshoes, toilet lids, turtle shells and, of course, dolls' heads transform the path into a unique art walk.

Doll's Head Trail Humor is not lacking in the notes left behind. (Photo: MNN)

Doll's Head Trail Some dolls have been in place for years. (Photo: MNN)

"The trail is now public art, built by the public. The displays have changed a lot over time, mostly due to cherry-picking and vandalism," Slaton told CNN. "Luckily, a lot has been preserved online. Nothing protects the trail but the good will of the people visiting it and the fact that it's a mile, almost, back in the woods."

Visitors are encouraged to add to the exhibit as long as they abide by the rule: Only use pieces found in the park.

Hikers can also leave their own mark by picking up one of the markers left along the trail to scribble a note, quote or "I was here" message on one of the numerous bricks that dot the path.

So if you decide to visit, be sure to bring some insect repellent, a creative spirit, and an appreciation for spookiness. Just don't forget to follow the rules if you decide to create some art while there!

Check out more photos from the trail below:

Doll's Head Trail Nothing like a refreshing reminder from Thoreau. (Photo: MNN)

Doll's Head Trail And you thought Stonehenge could only be seen in England. (Photo: MNN)

Doll's Head Trail Some elements of the art instillation have incredible detail. (Photo: MNN)

Doll's Head Trail Some of the art is large and some is small, but all have a point. (Photo: MNN)

Doll's Head Trail Get ready to enjoy some 'punny' exhibits along the way. (Photo: Snapshot from video)

Doll's Head Trail Nothing like a large doll head pinned to a tree to help celebrate Halloween. (Photo: Snapshot from video)

Doll's Head Trail You may encounter some political commentary along the trail. (Photo: MNN)

Doll's Head Trail If doll heads creep you out, the trail will force you to face your fears. (Photo: MNN)

Doll's Head Trail An appropriate quote for an appropriate ending to our journey through the Doll's Head Trail. (Photo: MNN)

Editor's note: This story has been updated since it was published in July 2013.

Laura Moss writes about a variety of topics with a focus on animals, science, language and culture. But she mostly writes about cats.

Take a walk through Atlanta's Doll's Head Trail
Constitution Lakes Nature Preserve is home to a unique art walk dotted with visitor-made pieces constructed entirely from found objects.