Additional Information

Whispering Hills, LLC is a memorial nature preserve that contains within it a natural (green) cemetery available for use as an interment site for bodies and ashes. Whispering Hills Memorial Nature Preserve meets or exceeds all standards set by the Green Burial Council as a Natural Burial Site. Whispering Hills allows no metal caskets, concrete vaults or embalmed bodies, per the Green Burial Council guidelines.

Whispering Hills LLC is a licensed perpetual care cemetery certified as a natural burial ground by the Green Burial Council of America. Whispering Hills does not have licensed funeral directors. The following local funeral homes have visited Whispering Hills and can provide you with further information.

The preserve is zoned and set aside as a “Green/Natural Perpetual Care Cemetery” (Troup County Plat Book 81, page 89). For more information about our burial services, please call.

Visitor Policy

  • Free guided tours of the preserve are available to all first time visitors.
  • Visitors are welcome when the entrance gates are open. First time visitors must meet with a Whispering Hills staff member for orientation, to review and receive maps of trails, and to register for entry.
  • On subsequent visits, before entering the grounds, registered visitors must sign in and sign out at the kiosk outside the office or phone the office to be signed in and out. For safety purposes, we must know who is on the property at all times.
  • Cars and trucks are not allowed in the grounds.
  • Electric carts are available at the office. Only adults will be allowed to operate a cart. A member of the staff will conduct an initial test drive. Consent to a hold harmless agreement will be required. Carts shall not be driven in excess of 10 miles per hour and must remain on the roads and trails at all times. They are not allowed on the paths.
  • Upon entering the preserve, all activities, including funeral processions, shall be subject to the direction of a duly authorized representative.
  • Any person entering Whispering Hills other than when the entrance gates are open and without prior authorization from preserve staff, will be considered a trespasser.
  1. Licensed funeral directors are required to prepare and accompany the deceased until a burial service is completed.
  2. Whispering Hills will not accept embalmed bodies for burial. Cremated remains will be accepted for burial or scattering.
  3. Burial containers are limited to shrouds and materials that are natural, nontoxic, and/or biodegradable. Metal caskets or cement vaults are not allowed.
  4. A list of approved contractors for opening and closing graves will be provided upon request. Family members may participate in opening and closing graves by hand. Opening of graves by machine will be allowed, but all graves will be filled by hand.
  • Every natural (green) burial is unique. The family, the funeral director, and the staff at Whispering Hills will discuss available options and help make arrangements for an appropriate and memorable interment or scattering service.
  • No tents, benches, chairs, or similar items are permitted in the preserve unless arranged through the staff or authorized funeral directors.
  • No balloon or bird releases are allowed.
  • Grave markers made from natural stones which lie flat on the ground may be used and engraved with the decedent’s name date of birth and date of death.
  • No additional decorations or landscaping is allowed on graves.
  • No adornments of any kind may be left on any interment space, lot, or tree.
  • The placement of benches, bird houses, or other adornments, except as approved by preserve staff is not allowed.
  • No removal, mining or extraction of soil, gravel, stones, or minerals (other than removal of soil for digging of graves) is permitted.
  • Forests will be maintained in accordance with recommendations of the Preserve Forest Management Plan developed by the preserve’s staff and qualified professionals. Controlled and prescribed burns will be conducted from time to time.
  • Fields, forests, meadows, and streams will be maintained in an attempt to control and limit invasive species populations.
  • No live plants, mulch, straw or bark may be brought into Whispering Hills Preserve because these may contain seeds of invasive species.
  • No person may pluck or remove any plant or flower.
  • Locations of graves or scattering sites along with public obituaries and information submitted by families will be kept on digitized files in the office.

Botanical Survey of Whispering Hills

The Whispering Hills Tract is bounded on the north by ridge and on the south by a stream (creek) and north-facing bluff. The lower slopes of the tract are dominated by rich-site mixed hardwoods such as beech (Fagus grandifolia), white ash, white oak (Quercus alba), red oak (Quercus rubra), sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua), hickories (Carya spp.), large loblolly pines (Pinus taeda), and Florida maple (Acer barbatum). Blue beech (Carpinus caroliniana), chalk maple (Acer leucoderme), and saplings of the canopy species dominate the understory. The ground layer is rich is species such as bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), little sweet betsy (Trillium cuneatum), lopseed (Phryma leptostachya), and black cohosh (Actaea racemosa), Some of the canopy beeches here along the stream are nearly 30 inches in diameter (dbh).

As one moves upslope into drier, rich woods. Small rock outcrops and boulder fields are found. Here, beech is still present, represented by smaller, fewer trees. Good white oak and white ash occur in the canopy. Dogwood (Cornus florida), red bud, and chalk maple are in the fairly open understory. In the ground layer, bloodroot and lopseed are still common, along with scattered clumps of Indian pink (Spigelia marilandica) and one clump of the rare tripartite viola (Viola tripartita var . glaberrima). In openings, rock outcrop and boulders have large ebony spleenworts (Asplenium platyneuron) in their crevices.

To the northeast upslope, loblolly pines are mixed with white oak and other hardwood species. The understory is somewhat weedy, but redbud again is abundant and forms thickets, indicating high calcium soils. Farther northwest near the ridge boundary, pine-mixed hardwoods are present and dominant. Several light gaps and open fields within the Whispering Hills Tract are dominated by agricultural grasses such as red fescue (Festuca rubra) and ruderal wildflowers such as ox-eye daisy (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum).

L. L. Gaddy, Ph.D, Terra Incognita

Click here for a preliminary checklist of the Vascular Plant species of Whispering Hills, Troup County, GA

NOTICE: Whispering Hills will be maintained as a natural area with native wildlife, trees, shrubs, wildflowers and grasses being encouraged to flourish. Along with these naturally occurring elements, there will be typical features of a Georgia forest located in the lower Piedmont of the state. Boulders, holes, fences, gates, insects, wildlife, ticks, bugs, reptiles, streams and other potential hazards will be present. Whispering Hills, LLC will not be responsible for any injuries
sustained due to the contact or encounter with these elements while on the preserve.

Whispering Hills LLC is not responsible for loss, theft or damage to any personal property.