Don’t let the images of Atlanta’s urban skyline deter you — it’s actually known as the “city in a forest” for its ample green space. When flying into the metropolitan area, you’ll see more wide-open spaces than tightly packed suburban streets. This makes it one of the best places to live for those who want to spend time communing with nature. Take a look at some of the best neighborhoods to enjoy outdoor activities in Atlanta.
To experience outdoor activities in Atlanta without leaving the city proper, stick to Midtown. While it has both residential skyscrapers and businesses, there are also cozy bungalows that line the side streets along Piedmont Park. Buit as Atlanta’s central park, the design of Piedmont Park was based on a design by the Olmsted Brothers. It connects to the Atlanta Beltline’s Eastside Trail. It’s also home to trendy bars and restaurants like Empire State South and The Lawrence, in addition to the city’s annual Pride festivities.
Located in the northwest corner of Atlanta just outside the I-285 perimeter, Smyrna sits close to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Here, you’ll find the best outdoor spaces in Atlanta and perhaps even all of central Georgia. There are dozens of pockets of forest and recreation areas within the nationally protected zone as well as places to canoe or kayak. Nearby, you can even catch a game at SunTrust Park, the new home of the Atlanta Braves baseball team.
Set near Decatur, Druid Hills is a great community for those who work at the nearby Centers for Disease Control and Emory University. The Olmsted Linear Park honors Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed the Atlanta suburb. Fernbank Museum of Natural History has the Fernbank Forest, a 65-acre space attached to the attraction. For a dose of culture, visit the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, to check out the arts classes and exhibits in historic home of Coca-Cola founder, Asa Griggs Candler.
The neighborhood of the same name is located around Atlanta’s oldest city park, which has paved trails for walking and biking. The 131-acre space includes Zoo Atlanta, the city’s oldest attraction where giant pandas, African elephants, orangutans and more live. Grant Park borders historic Oakland Cemetery on one side, where notable Atlantans like Margaret Mitchell and Bobby Jones are buried. The quaint Craftsman bungalows and Victorian mansions in this neighborhood are located near restaurants and the seasonal farmers market.
Originally home to Antebellum mansions, East Lake is one of the few in-town neighborhoods that hasn’t been overdeveloped. Thanks in part to the East Lake Golf Club, it’s a neighborhood that offers plenty of outdoor activities in Atlanta. Historic bungalows are still occupied, and some have even turned into local businesses. It’s a great neighborhood for transportation, located near the MARTA rail line, and it has wide, tree-lined streets ideal for bicyclists.
The city of Brookhaven in northeast Atlanta, boasts top-notch parks for families. Murphey Candler Park is a local favorite, but each park has amenities like sports facilities, picnic tables, walking trails and playgrounds. The city has some great restaurants and shops and is located near public transportation and Atlanta highways. It’s also home to Oglethorpe University, one of the state’s best institutions for higher education.
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