Parks

Where Atlanta - - THE GUIDE -

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. www.ara­bi­aal­liance.org. Ara­bia Moun­tain Path, Litho­nia, GA 30038,. Map1/F8 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. To­day, only a few sec­tions of the mas­sive project are open to the pub­lic. Stroll, run, bike or blade the pop­u­lar East­side Trail, stop­ping on the way to view pub­lic art in­stal­la­tions. Down­load app or check web­site to find ad­di­tional ac­cess points. www.beltline.org. CEN­TEN­NIAL OLYMPIC PARK— This 21-acre park is a per­ma­nent legacy to the At­lanta-hosted 1996 Olympic Games. Dur­ing Sum­mer months, you’ll find chil­dren splash­ing in the Foun­tain of Rings and fam­i­lies pic­nick­ing on the ex­pan­sive lawns. Grab a bite at Goo­gie Burger, a lo­cal fa­vorite and the only restau­rant on park grounds. www. cen­ten­ni­al­park.com. 265 Luckie St., Down­town, 404.222.7275. Map3/H4 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. www.chas­tain­park.org. 4001 Pow­ers Ferry Rd., Buck­head, 404.237.2177. Map2/B2 HIS­TORIC FOURTH WARD PARK— This new 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. www.h4wpc.com. 665 North Ave. NE, 404.590.7275. Map1/D7 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. www. pied­mont­park.org. Pied­mont Av­enue (between 10th Street and West­min­ster Drive), Mid­town, 404.875.7275. Map3/C7 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. The Sil­ver Comet Trail starts at the Mavell Road Trail­head in Smyrna and ends at the Esom Hill Trail­head near Cedar­town. www.sil­ver­cometga.com. Mavell Road Trail­head, 4573 Mavell Road,. Map1/B5; Esom Hill Trail­head, 215 Hardin Road, Esom Hill.

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