Sep
18

My Five Favorite Atlanta Parks

 

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One of my favorite things about Atlanta is how green it is. If you’ve ever seen the city from above, maybe from an airplane window, you can really appreciate just how many trees and parks there are, even in the heart of the city. When I have an afternoon free, I love nothing more than going with my family and our two dogs to one of the many parks around Atlanta. Remember most of these park require you to pay for parking, usually a few dollars, so take some cash.  Here are a few of my favorites:

 

  1. East Palisades – Whitewater Creek Trails – It’s hard to believe you’re just a few miles from Buckhead at Whitewater Creek. Great hiking and if you have any dogs, and a great place to let your dogs play in the Chattahoochee.
  1. Red Top Mountain – This park is about 45 minutes from Buckhead but is never crowded. My favorite trail is about 5 miles long but wide and relatively flat so it is easy walking, or even good for riding a bike.  Most importantly, it is entirely shaded so it is a great place for a hike in the summer.
  1. Piedmont Park – Right in the heart of Midtown, Atlanta this is one of the best and most popular parks because of its size and location. It’s surrounded by great local restaurants, and basically has everything you would want in a park from a public pool, a baseball field, a duck pond, a fenced-in dog park, and even a beach volleyball court. Great for families and dogs and on Saturday mornings there is a small farmers market by the Piedmont entrance.  Parking is all around the park, but my favorite parking spot is the parking deck off of Monroe Street.
  1. Stone Mountain – Stone Mountain is a private park, so there is an entrance fee, or buy an annual pass which pays for itself if you go more than twice a year. There are several options for hiking or riding your bike.  Hiking up to the top of the mountain is popular and the view is spectacular.
  1. Frankie Allen Park – This park is right in Garden Hills and is one of the many hidden treasures in Atlanta, neighborhood parks. It is the home of Buckhead baseball, and has several open pavilions for picnics.  Its an amazing oasis in the city, and we take our dogs there almost every day.

 

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