Outdoor Activities Near Atlanta

February 12, 2013 by

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Outdoor Activities Near Atlanta: Stone Mountain Park

Outdoor Activities Near Atlanta: Stone Mountain Park

Although Atlanta is a city, it offers many green and blue spaces for outdoor recreation. Whether you want to experience nature from the ground, water or the top of a mountain, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Georgia’s capital. To help you plan an itinerary of outdoor activities near Atlanta, here are some suggestions.

Bird-watching and strolling at Piedmont Park

With 211 acres to explore, Piedmont Park is located in the center of the city and is Atlanta’s largest green space. The park offers many amenities and activities to visitors, including free walking tours every Saturday at 11am from May through December to learn about the park’s history and wildlife. Tours are available year-round with an advance registration by calling 404.875.7275 or emailing programs@piedmontpark.org. Bird-watchers enjoy strolling the park in search of grebes, herons, cuckoos and flycatchers, while those who want to get fit can make use of their exercise classes, bocce courts and cycling paths. Additionally, there are four scenic walking paths which allow visitors to experience the park’s peaceful greens, swaying trees and beautiful Lake Clara Meer. Set in the northwest corner of Piedmont Park you’ll also find the 30-acre Atlanta Botanical Garden, which showcases numerous themed gardens and a Canopy Walk that allowing for views of the flora from 40 feet in the air.

Aerial views and treetop trekking at Stone Mountain Park

One of Atlanta’s most visited attractions, a tour of Stone Mountain Park features an array of outdoor experiences. Home to the world’s largest piece of exposed granite rock, the park encompasses 3,200 acres of natural beauty and entertainment. Picture wooded parkland, lakes, covered bridges, quarries and the impressive 1,683-foot Stone Mountain which offers views of the city, Appalachian Mountains and beyond for 60 miles. To reach the top, visitors can hike one mile or take the Skyride cable car. Other notable outdoor activities include exploring the 15 miles of hiking trails, trekking through the treetops on Sky Hike, golfing, camping, a quarry exhibit and the Confederate Memorial Carving, the largest high relief sculpture in the world.

Water adventures at Chattahoochee River

Along the Chattahoochee River there are 48-miles dedicated to outdoor recreation. Popular activities include rafting, canoeing, kayaking and pedal boating. Chattahoochee Outfitters is located in Azalea Park in Atlanta’s Roswell suburb and can get you setup with a vessel and gear whether you’re floating to or from the park. The ride is scenic, with gentle rapids and lush greenery as you make your way to places like Island Ford, Garrard Landing and Riverside Park. Also located in Roswell is the Chattahoochee Nature Center, where you can see and learn about opossums, beavers, hawks, owls, Bald Eagles, vultures, turtles and snakes.

-Jessica Festa

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