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Atlanta Metro: The Urban Outdoors

Atlanta, the South’s largest city, offers surprisingly numerous green oases for residents
to get out and enjoy the natural world, despite being a bustling city.

Explore Stone Mountain Park, one of America’s most popular attractions surrounding the world’s largest piece of exposed granite, only 16 miles from Atlanta. Four million annual visitors enjoy the water-land tours, the 1870s recreated rural Southern town, Crossroads™, and of course, climbing the mountain.

Fish, canoe,picnic, andhike to the ruins of a Civil War-era textile mill when you visit Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs, with its 215-acre lake.

Panola Mountain State Park in Stockbridge offers numerous opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, birding, picnicking and learning about this exposed granite outcrop with its rare plants of the Piedmont region. Nearby, the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area near Lithonia, features 2,000 acres of granite outcrop, wetlands, pine and oak forests, streams,and alake, and offers hiking, biking, birdingandplant viewing opportunities.

Discover Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park to the northwest of Atlanta, with its hiking trails, wildlife viewing, and historic Civil War earthworks, cannon emplacements and monuments. Just a few miles south, hit the Silver Comet Trail on your bike or your two feet.

This abandoned rail bed is now a largely paved trail that stretches all the way to Alabama.

Paddle at your own pace down the mighty Chattahoochee River that flows through the north and west sides of metro Atlanta. The river offers excellent opportunities to observe wildlife and wildflowers from your raft, canoe or kayak, do some fishing, or simply relax along its banks. There are several access points along the 48 miles of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area,as well as many hiking trails that follow the river.

Some of these trails and river access points just outside the Atlanta city limits are in the neighboring city of Sandy Springs. Also find in Sandy Springs the Big Trees Forest Preserve, a remarkable 30-acre urban forest with hilly topography, two creeks and a diverse middle growth forest including some large 100- and 200-year-old white oak trees. Nearby, the City of Alpharetta’s Big Creek Greenway beckons walkers, bicyclers, strollers and other non-motorized transport along a serene, paved pathway through lush forest. Alpharetta also offers such activities at dirt biking, disc golf, rock climbing, horseback riding, geocaching, swimming, golfing, mountain biking and hiking.

Venture to Atlanta Botanical Garden for a variety of gardens, both native and exotic, indoor and out.

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Atlanta Metro - Locations

Wills Park Equestrian Center

Atlanta Metro
11915 Wills Rd.
Alpharetta, GA 30009
678-297-6122

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Vickery Creek Trail Complex

Atlanta Metro
Oxbo Rd. or Roswell Mill, Hwy. 9
Roswell, GA 30075
770-399-8070

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Sandy Ridge BMX

Atlanta Metro
1200 Keys Ferry Rd.
McDonough, GA 30253
770-288-7300

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Rum Creek Golf

Atlanta Metro
107 Saint Ives Crossing
Stockbridge, GA 30281
770-507-3538

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Roswell Trail System and Riverwalk

Atlanta Metro
617 Atlanta St.
Roswell, GA 30075
770-640-3253

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Roswell Riverwalk

Atlanta Metro
9100 Willeo Rd.
Roswell, GA 30075
770-640-3253

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Roswell Mill Ruins in Old Mill Park

Atlanta Metro
85 Mill St.
Roswell, GA 30075
770-640-3253

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Roswell, GA

Atlanta Metro
821 Atlanta Street
Roswell, GA 30075
770-640-3253

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Peachtree City

Atlanta Metro
191 McIntosh Trail
Peachtree City, GA 30269
(678) 216-0282

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Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge

Atlanta Metro
2600 Hwy. 155 S W
Stockbridge, GA 30281
770-389-7801

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Historic Mansell House and Gardens

Atlanta Metro
1835 Old Milton Pkwy.
Alpharetta, GA 30009
770-475-4663

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Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary

Atlanta Metro
712 L. G. Griffin Rd.
Locust Grove, GA 30248
770-957-0888

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Motorcycle Safety Foundation Campus

Atlanta Metro
1450 Morrison Pkwy.
Alpharetta, GA 30009
770-442-2043

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Memorial Park

Atlanta Metro
106 Jennings Way
Stockbridge, GA 30281
770-288-7300

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J.P. Moseley Park Disc Golf Course

Atlanta Metro
1041 Miller's Mill Rd.
Stockbridge, GA 30281
770-288-7300

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Topgolf Alpharetta

Atlanta Metro
10900 Westside Pkwy.
Alpharetta, GA 30009
770-217-0513

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Cubihatcha Outdoor Center

Atlanta Metro
100 Collins Rd.
Locust Grove, GA 30248
678-583-3930

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Cotton Fields Golf Club

Atlanta Metro
400 Industrial Blvd.
McDonough, GA 30253
770-914-1442

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Chattahoochee Nature Center

Atlanta Metro
9135 Willeo Rd.
Roswell, GA 30075
770-992-2055

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Ameris Bank Amphitheatre

Atlanta Metro
2200 Encore Pkwy.
Alpharetta, GA 30009
404-733-5010

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Atlanta South R V Resort

Atlanta Metro
281 Mt. Olive Rd.
McDonough, GA 30253
770-957-2610

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Atlanta Motor Speedway

Atlanta Metro
1500 Hwy. 19/41 South
Hampton, GA 30228
770-946-4211

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Big Creek Greenway – Alpharetta

Atlanta Metro
Various trailheads through Alpharetta
Alpharetta, GA 30009
678-297-2811

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Alpharetta Arboretum at Brooke Street Park

Atlanta Metro
2 Park Plaza
Alpharetta, GA 30005
678-297-2811

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Alpharetta Arboretum at Cogburn Park

Atlanta Metro
12825 Cogburn Rd.
Alpharetta, GA 30009
678-297-2811

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Alpharetta Arboretum at Webb Bridge Park

Atlanta Metro
4780 Webb Bridge Rd.
Alpharetta, GA 30005
678-297-2811

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Alpharetta Arboretum at Wills Park

Atlanta Metro
11925 Wills Road
Alpharetta, GA 30009
678-297-2811

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IronKids Alpharetta

Atlanta Metro
1815 Old Milton Pkwy.
Alpharetta, GA 30009
678-297-2811

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Georgia State Parks

Atlanta Metro
2600 Hwy. 155 SW
Stockbridge, GA 30281
770-389-7286

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Red Top Mountain State Park

Atlanta Metro
50 Lodge Rd.
Acworth, GA 30102
770-975-0055

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