Relax by Yourself or Frolick with Friends in these Neighborhood Parks

Although Atlanta is a bustling city, there is also lots of green space within the city and surrounding suburbs. Atlantans enjoy getting out and walking, running or even taking their dogs out to the park for a fun afternoon. Besides that, there's also many opportunities for beautiful picture taking at the many Atlanta parks.

Atlanta's answer to New York's Central Park is Piedmont Park. It is breathtaking spot of green smack dab in the heart of the city. Not only is it ideal for relaxing and picnics, there is also swimming, tennis courts, basketball and even a dog park. Other serene parks in the heart of the city are Grant Park and Lullwater Park.

A different kind of park is Stone Mountain. Located outside the city, the park is home to the largest piece of granite. This granite mountain is a sight to behold, with confederate soldiers carved into it. A nightly laser show during the warm months as well as kid friendly attractions, make this a great place for the family.

For historic sites that offer moderate trails, visit Sweetwater Creek State Park or Davidson-Arabia Preserve. Both have amazing vistas plus offer a more quiet space for hiking than some of the other congested spots. Further outside the city, there is Kennesaw Mountain and the Chattahoochee Nature Center. These are popular with families for all the educational information available.



Visit the beautiful paths at Lullwater, and you'll soon find out why it is one of the most popular parks in Atlanta. This park is actually on the campus of Emory University. While it is for the students, faculty and staff of Emory, many Atlanta...  Read More

Chattahoochee Nature Center
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This near 130-acre reserve spans into two metro Atlanta cities: Roswell and Marietta. Besides the abundance of wildlife that is present here, there are many beautiful hiking trails as well. Visitors should begin their exploration at the...  Read More



There's so many activities in Chastain Park - everyone in the family will enjoy a visit. Besides the running and walking trails that can be found throughout the park, there are also tennis courts and many fields for playing ball. Looking for a...  Read More

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield


This site near Marietta is where the historic Battle of Kennesaw Mountain was fought. Nearly 70,000 men died, were wounded or captured during this battle, which was won by the confederates. The site once belonged to the Cherokee Nation, forced...  Read More



Arabia Mountain, now a county and state park respectively, bear evidence of 19th century human settlement and 20th century quarrying activities. Arabia Mountain is also known as Stone Mountain's little cousin. Not too far from Inside the...  Read More



Located of Interstate 20, it is a surprise to find a large state park so close to commerce. The highlight of the trails here are the ruins of when there was a mill here. It is a beautiful and peaceful place to go hiking. Some trails are rather...  Read More

Centennial Olympic Park


Located Downtown, this park provides spectacular views of the Downtown skyline. It was created for the 1996 Olympics and there are plenty of spots for picnics. Visitors can also be entertainted by free music and lots of public art. Those who...  Read More

Stone Mountain
Stone Mountain Park


This 3200-acre park surrounds the world's largest granite mountain. Located just 16 miles east of Atlanta, Stone Mountain is well worth a visit for families. The five square mile park is Georgia's most visited attraction. The mountain features...  Read More

Piedmont Park
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Piedmont Park is Atlanta's Central Park, or at least a mini version of it. Among all the skyscrapers in the Midtown area, this is a beautiful piece of green. There are paved trails that many like to come and roller blade on a weekend afternoon....  Read More

Cloundland Canyon


Cloudland Canyon is a 3485 square foot state park located in North Georgia. It is one of the largest and most scenic parks located in the state of Georgia. the deep gorge cut through the mountain by Sitton Gulch Creek, where the elevation varies...  Read More


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