Its national picnic month! So here is a list of some of the best places to enjoy a picnic in the city and a little further out!
1. Candler Park
One of Atlanta’s first suburbs, Candler Park is located about 5 minutes east of downtown Atlanta. The park is known for its walkability and events, such as the annual Fall Fest. During the day, golfers on its classic course mix with kids and adults visiting the Candler Park Pool, tennis courts and more. But you also can pack a picnic for a family night out during special free outdoor movie nights.
Where to go: 585 Candler Park Drive, Atlanta 30307
2. Sweetwater Creek State Park
Beautiful rapids and duck ponds make Sweetwater Creek State Park a must-see location. A few locations within the park, located west of Atlanta, may look familiar if you’ve seen The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1. During spring and summer, visitors can rent canoes, stand-up paddleboards, and boats.
Where to go: 1750 Mt. Vernon Road, Lithia Springs 30122
3. Historic Fourth Ward Park
Located on the Atlanta BeltLine behind Ponce City Market, the Historic Fourth Ward Park offers 17 acres of green space, a two-acre lake, skate park and athletic fields. The kid-friendly spot has climbing structures, slides and a splash pad. If you’re there on one of Atlanta’s hotter days, you may find relief underneath shade structures topped with solar panels.
Where to go: 60 Dallas St., Atlanta 30308
4. Rogers Bridge Park
Gwinnett County’s Rogers Bridge Park in Duluth sits adjacent to the Chattahoochee River with running trails that run through the park. The historic steel bridge provides a picture-worthy setting. Greenspace covers about two-thirds of the park, giving visitors almost 17 acres to spread out for a picnic.
What to pack: Pair these homemade toasted pita chips with a favorite dip of your choice for an afternoon picnic.
Where to go: 4291 Rogers Bridge Road, Duluth 30097
5. Alpharetta Arboretum at Webb Bridge Park
Native trees fill Alpharetta Arboretum at Webb Bridge Park, which has a large green space and forest trails. You’ll picnic among trees that represent the mountains, the Piedmont and the coastal plain regions of Georgia.
Where to go: 4780 Webb Bridge Road, Alpharetta 30005
6. Peachtree Hills Park
This cute Buckhead park is home to a community garden, tennis courts, and playground. Depending on the time of year, you will get to see the strawberries, yellow squash, tomatoes, and other fruits and veggies grown by Peachtree Hills residents who have their own plots.
Where to go: 308 Peachtree Hills Ave., Atlanta 30305
7. D.H Stanton Park
Southwest Atlanta’s D.H Stanton Park, located in the Peoplestown neighborhood, covers 8 acres of space that includes a baseball field, playgrounds and a splash pad. It is the first energy cost-neutral park in Atlanta and has solar panels used for shade structures. Visitors can take fitness classes or use the running trails for exercise in the park.
Where to go: Martin Street, Atlanta 30315
8. Cochran Mill Park
In Chattahoochee Hills’ largest park, visitors can enjoy hiking, jogging and horse trails, plus wildlife habitats. Take a date along the red hiking trail at Cochran Mill Park, a popular route that passes streams and flowing water, leading to the Henry Mills Falls waterfall at the end of the hike.
Where to go: 6875 Cochran Mill Road, Palmetto 30268
9. Sope Creek Park
Over 3 miles of hiking and running trails wind through Sope Creek Park in suburban Atlanta. The trails lead to the ruin of a multi-story paper mill that was destroyed during the Civil War. A forest area surrounds the streams and ponds. Boulders and flowing waterfalls are found throughout the trails. The park is generally less crowded than other trails around the Marietta area.
Where to go: 3760 Paper Mill Road, Marietta 30067
10. Vickery Creek Trail at Roswell Mill
The hiking trails in Vickery Creek Trail explore the historic remains of Roswell Mill. The wooden covered bridge is a popular attraction at the park and makes for beautiful photos. The 5-plus-mile trail leads through forest and dam waterfall views.
Where to go: 85 Mill St., Roswell, GA 30075
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