Atlanta for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Situated at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Atlanta's topography features steeply rolling hills peppered by massive trees and lush greenery. Nature lovers and outdoor adventurers find themselves in a haven of trails, summits, rivers and lakes when they visit Atlanta. In fact, Georgia's capital was long ago dubbed a "city in a forest" thanks to the thick canopy of trees that hide the bustling metropolis from aerial views. Experience Atlanta's natural side by visiting these parks, traversing these trails, summiting these mountains and letting your worries melt away.

Stone Mountain Park

A 3,200-acre park surrounds the world’s largest granite monolith. The park offers trails, golf courses, a skylift, a railroad, miniature golf, campgrounds, a 4D theater and the Lasershow Spectacular. Tickets: $34.95, plus tax. Parking $15.

Silver Comet Trail

This scenic, 61.5-mile trail is perfect for hiking, walking, biking, horseback riding and rollerblading, and is wheelchair accessible. The trail connects to the Chief Ladiga Trail, a 33-mile trek at the Georgia/Alabama border.

Arabia Mountain

This “mountain” is actually a granite monadnock, or an isolated rock hill (much like Stone Mountain). The 2,550-acre area includes two lakes and plenty of trails that vary in distance, difficulty and topographic scenery.

Piedmont Park

Considered Atlanta's Central Park, the 182-acre park is popular with joggers, bicyclists and rollerbladers, and hosts festivals and events nearly every weekend during warm-weather months. The park also offers tennis courts, playgrounds, athletic fields and a dog park.

Historic Fourth Ward Park

This 12-acre park offers greenspace, a two-acre lake, amphitheater, skate park, modern playground and splash pad in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. The park is connected to the Atlanta BeltLine. Open daily 6 am-11 pm.

Chattahoochee Nature Center

Non-profit facility on the Chattahoochee River covering 127 acres of preserved wetlands and woodlands. Visitors can enjoy wildlife programs, environmental education, horticulture, walking trails, guided canoe trips and more. M-Sa 10 am-5 pm, Su noon-5 pm.

Atlanta Beltline

The BeltLine was born from a graduate thesis that envisioned transforming 22 miles of decaying railroad lines into a ring of multiuse trails and public transit. This vision is slowly becoming a reality known as the Atlanta BeltLine. Today, only a few sections of the massive project are open to the public.

Freedom Park

The 210-acre park is popular with runners and cyclists. It is located along Freedom Parkway and stretches from Boulevard to Ponce de Leon to the north, and Candler Park Drive to the east. It is Atlanta's Art Park, and features permanent and temporary public art installations.

Chastain Park

This 260-acre park is home to a golf course, an arts center, a horse park, an amphitheater, ball fields, and walking and running paths.