Piedmont Park is mammoth-sized and perfect for nearly any outdoor activity one could think of on a nice, sunny Atlanta weekend. Frisbee players, joggers, bikers, dog walkers, roller-blading maniacs, and simple catch players pepper the lush, grassy, rolling hills of Piedmont Park day in and day out. Paved trails cut through them and provide rich views of nearby Midtown skyscrapers. The basketball courts and swimming pool are just bonuses. Luckily, Piedmont Park’s surrounding area is replete with ice cream shops and smoothie joints, all within walking distance.
This park is certifiably unique. Home to the world’s largest granite ‘monadnock,’ Stone Mountain, well… isn’t really a mountain, after all. This ‘Goliath’ hunk of rock is elevated 1,686 feet above sea level and equips visitors with a surreal view of Atlanta (and especially its skyline at night). Guests have the option of either walking the summit (which is a mostly gradual 1.3-mile trek) or taking a gondola.
Kennesaw Mountain was the site of a historic Civil War battle in which nearly 70,000 soldiers died or fell prisoner to the Union Army, the victorious camp. Ubiquitously adorned with inscriptions and memorial plaques for the men who fought here so long ago, its trails and paths combine to stretch for dozens of miles. The park occupies nearly 3,000 acres and is in the Kennesaw area of metro Atlanta. Checking for parking and directions ahead of time is recommended as it is often highly occupied during peak hours.
Chastain Park is tucked away inside a mostly residential area of upper Buckhead but humming with activity nonetheless. Features surrounding the park itself include youth league baseball and football fields, community tennis courts, a neighborhood swimming pool, a private and elegant horse park, a public middle school, and the beautiful Galloway School. Don’t forget Chastain Park Amphitheatre – one of Atlanta’s best live music venues, without question. The park also has a scenic rolling golf course and several pathways, which cut in and around it. Individual pavilions and stone fire pits, perfect for family picnics, stretch as far as the eye can see.
A keystone feature of Downtown Atlanta and one of the 1996 Olympics’ best physical keepsakes for memory, this 21-acre urban park can be found smack in the middle of the city’s heart. Keep an eye out for the dazzlingly lit fountains and interactive waterworks – but don’t fret – they’re nearly impossible to miss. The open, grassy area below the Olympic ring-themed stonework often hosts concerts and live music shows, with names like Outkast and Dave Matthews Band. Centennial Olympic Park tops the must-visit list for Atlanta’s best attractions, with about three million visitors per year.
For a park that’s slightly more on the mellow end of the spectrum, pleasant Grant Park (home to Zoo Atlanta) makes the best pick. The park is surrounded by placid greenery and small coffeehouses, many of which are the perfect place to read a book or relax. A few small fountains and plenty of oak trees make for a shady and tranquil visit. A short walk in virtually any direction from Grant Park will be certain to yield in a small new shop or store that you’re sure to appreciate.
One of the oldest forests inside the city limits, the 135-acre green space in southwest Atlanta features two miles of trails that include a waterfall, ample wildlife like deer and turtles, and the remnants of Civil War trenches dug by troops in the Battle of Utoy Creek. Despite its violent past, the property once housed an exclusive resort dedicated to the creek’s healing springs, which were actually bottled and sold through the 1950s—the ruins of the old pump house and spring house highlight this historic and tranquil in-town oasis.
Historic Fourth Ward Park is a park built on the old Ponce de Leon amusement park, in the Old Fourth Ward of Atlanta, just south of Ponce City Market and just west of the BeltLine trail. The park covers 17 acres (6.9ha) in two separate sections. It is planned to eventually connect these two parcels and cover a total of 30 acres. The park includes a pond with a path around it and has an aerator fountain to keep it from stagnating. An amphitheater, cushioned with bermudagrass, surrounds part of the pond.
Atlanta’s first Beltline park is still one of its best! Take in the lake, hit up the playgrounds, cool off in the huge splash pad, and do some people-watching at the skate park right on the premises. We especially love the easily accessible bathrooms that make a change of outfit from all the splashing fun a cinch. The Chattahoochee RiverWalk is a 22-mile walking and biking area along the Chattahoochee River in Columbus, Georgia, United States. The trail is paved with asphalt, concrete, or brick.
With trains that run the nearby track, this small park located in the middle of downtown, historic Norcross is a favorite of the train set. There are picnic tables, grills, restrooms, a pavilion, and a playground for the kids, along with an Amphitheater, a Gazebo, and fun art installations. It’s also within walking distance to restaurants in case you forgot to pack a lunch. Public green space with an amphitheater, pavilion & gazebo plus picnic tables & play equipment.
Posted on March 17, 2021
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