Historic Fourth Ward Park
This scenic 12-acre park offers greenspace, a two-acre lake, amphitheater, skate park, modern playground and splash pad in Atlanta’s hitoric Old Fourth Ward. Adjacent to the Atlanta BeltLine, the park hosts concerts, festivals and special events throughout the year. www.h4wpc.com. 665 North Ave. NE, 404.590.7275.
This “mountain” 30 minutes from Atlanta is actually a granite monadnock, or an isolated rock hill (similar to Stone Mountain). The 2,550-acre area includes two lakes and plenty of winding trails that vary in distance, level of difficulty and topographic scenery. www.arabiaalliance.org. Arabia Mountain Path, Lithonia.
Stone Mountain Park
This 3,300-acre park offers trails, golf courses, a skylift, a railroad, miniature golf, campgrounds, a 4-D theater and a nightly laser show. Check the calendar online for special events, which take place throughout the year. www.stonemountainpark. com. Parking: $15. 1126 Stonewall Jackson Drive, 770.498.5690.