4573 Mavell Road South East Smyrna, GA 30339 +1 770 528 8825
Years ago, the Silver Comet Rail Line took passengers back and forth between Atlanta and Birmingham, Alabama. Now, however, the abandoned line has carried passengers only on foot or on bicycle. This paved trail runs for 13 miles (21 kilometers) through Cobb County and continues into Paulding and Polk Counties. When completed, the trail will extend the entire length of the Atlanta-Birmingham line. Pets are allowed if leashed. You can access this scenic trail at multiple locations; just call for directions.
8255 Clubhouse Way Jonesboro, GA 30236 +1 770 471 4653/+1 770 477 9836
Lake Spivey is just a short drive from downtown and offers great golf at a reasonable price. The club has well-maintained golf courses that offer challenges to a professional as well as amateurs. The club has a driving range and fully stocked pro shop. After a tiring game, one can retire with a sumptuous meal served in their restaurant.
4775 Old Alabama Road Johns Creek, GA 30022 +1 770 442 5960
Just 15 minutes north of Buckhead, this is one of Atlanta's most attractive and accessible public courses. Players choose between the fast-playing nine-hole par-3 course and the par-70, 18-hole championship course. Beautifully landscaped with bentgrass greens and Bermuda fairways, this 951-yard (869.5-meter) challenge presents a variety of hazards. Facilities include a driving range, practice facility, clubhouse and a pro shop that offers individual and group lessons.
5750 Olde Atlanta Parkway Olde Atlanta Club Suwanee, GA 30024 +1 770 497 0097
Located approximately 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Atlanta in southern Forsyth County, this Arthur Hills-designed course offers a challenge to any golfer. The elevated tees on some holes provide outstanding views, with water on six holes and trees waiting for wayward balls. The 18th is the signature hole, a par-5 measuring 531 yards with a tight peninsula green. A complete driving range and a practice facility are on site, including several putting and chipping greens.
15135 Hopewell Road Alpharetta, GA 30004 +1 770 343 9700
Co-designed by television commentator Steve Melnyk, Trophy Club is a daily fee course that feels like a perfectly maintained private club. Tight fairways and water that comes into play on 14 holes makes this course a test for even the best players. From the back tees, the course plays about 6700 yards (6130 meters). The club features one 18-hole course as well as a driving range and practice facility.
300 Clubhouse Drive Milton, GA 30004 +1 770 343 9025
This golf club-cum-country club became a fully private establishment and is no longer open to the general public. Located just 15 minutes outside Atlanta on lovely grounds, membership is worth it. White Columns has the premier golf course in Atlanta. Perfectly groomed fairways coupled with fast greens and a beautiful layout make any day at White Columns a memorable one. The Club also has extensive tennis courts, an olympic-sized swimming pool, a fitness center, and children's activities. Like any country club, they also have social and family events- for members only, of course.
1501 Windy Hill Road Southeast Smyrna, GA 30080 +1 770 435 1000
Sports Illustrated named Fox Creek the #1 practice facility in the Southeast. Just a short drive (with a car, not a club) up Interstate 75 from the city, Fox Creek also boasts an executive golf course. Mostly par-3s with a few par-4s, this course is a great place to play if time is a factor or you're a beginner. The practice area offers a large driving range, as well as an immaculately maintained putting green. Fox Creek is the perfect place to hone one's golf skills.
3770 Pleasant Hill Road Duluth, GA 30096 +1 770 814 6981(City Park Council)
This park was the site of a train depot in the 1840s, and an old caboose still sits on the property for you to explore. There is a mile-long trail that winds through 17 wooded acres, up to a flowing creek and back to the entrance. The park also features tennis and volleyball courts, as well as a playground and a picnic site. Leashed pets are welcome. Take Interstate 85 north to Pleasant Hill Road, turn left (west) and continue for about a couple miles to get here.
1978 Island Ford Parkway Sandy Springs, GA 30350 +1 678 538 1200(City Park Council)
Surrounded by the residential neighborhoods of Roswell and Sandy Springs, this beautiful park is a popular site for family picnics, quiet strolls, and dog outings. Trails are marked out throughout the park for hiking, running, and biking. Picnic sites are arranged along the banks of the slow-rolling Chattahoochee, the longest river in Georgia. Canoes and rafts are available for rent, and make for great summertime adventures. Take the Roswell Road off Interstate 285, go north to Azalea Drive and turn left for a day of recreation.
Offering many educational nature programs, Autry Mill Nature Preserve & Heritage Center is also home to a number of historic buildings. Trails lead visitors past such relics as the deBray Chapel and a farmhouse that dates to the 1880s. Stop at the visitor center for wildlife and historic information, and to inquire about such regularly-scheduled activities. Nature trails, summer camps, heritage walks and many more educative and entertaining activities are conducted at this center.
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