I moved to Atlanta about a year ago and this city still amazes me. I wasn’t originally intending on staying here longer than a year, but I have decided to stay here for a year or more because there’s so much to do. This city has it all, between all the different neighborhoods with their own distinct culture, to all the unique restaurants that makes this a certified foodie haven to today’s topic: Atlanta’s many forests, rivers and mountains.
Living in Florida, I’ve never been much of an outdoorsy kind of guy, but Atlanta has changed that completely. In my profession, I deal with a lot of people and it’s always hectic, so I find taking the time to explore nature and go hiking to be therapeutic and calming.
Here are some of my favorite places and counting:
Depending on where you’re at in the city, Stone Mountain is just east of the Perimeter (Interstate 285, which circles around Atlanta). It is Georgia’s most visited attraction, offering not just the mountain, but a few attractions, lakes and trails. Attractions include the summit sky ride (a must), a dinosaur exhibit, a museum, golfing, a train ride, a boat tour, a geyser park and a petting farm. On select months of the year, there’s also a night time fireworks show. You can purchase a pass or opt in for select attractions.
AMICALOLA STATE FALLS PARK
Located just two hours north of Atlanta in Dahlonega/Dawsonville, Amicalola is a perfect place to go for a day trip. Drive up to the top of the falls to see a breathtaking view of Georgia. I went during the fall and it was absolutely beautiful. Go down the steps to the base of the falls (it’s a lot of steps so pace yourself and bring lots of water). I even brought Coco along, but she hated going down the steps so I had to carry her for a good portion of the walk.
VICKERY CREEK FALLS, ROSWELL MILL
Located just outside of the perimeter in Roswell is Vickery Creek Falls and Roswell Mill. There’s multiple entrances to the park with various landmarks. This park features old mills, a covered bridge and a waterfall in Atlanta’s Chattahoochee River. This park offers over 5 miles of ground to cover.
Here’s a video featured from Atlanta Trails:
Inside the perimeter is the Palisades Trail along the Chattahoochee River. Whether you want to hike, waddle around in the river or go kayaking, this place is nestled inside Atlanta and there’s no excuse not to visit it! With over 7+ miles to explore, there’s miles of rivers, bamboo forests, high-elevator overlook and mills.